Milan fashion week may have begun under an economic cloud due to the global financial turmoil but designers showing off their creations have sought to defy the gloomy mood, with some declaring "war" on the crisis.
Top European fashion houses Louis Vuitton and Hugo Boss (BOSG_p.DE) on Thursday said Christmas trading proved robust, sending a comforting message as the retail industry is hit by the worst downturn in decades.
Milan's designers showed next winter will mainly be grey and slimmed down for men, with sober creations that seemed to look for comfort in a chilly economic climate but a spat between two top names heated up the week.
In couture, cut is vital, but Marie Dupuis has found it can also apply to price. Thanks to a little bargaining, a Jean-Paul Gaultier dress she had her eye on for New Year's eve was hers at a 40 percent discount.
Stella McCartney, one of the only luxury fashion houses that does not use animal furs and leather, has poached the business development director of Lanvin to lead the British fashion brand, part of the Gucci Group.
The International Herald Tribune has postponed a corporate luxury goods conference in New Delhi from next week until next year due to security concerns after attacks by gunmen in Mumbai killed more than 100 people.