It may not be on par with Paris or New York, but Brazil's metropolis of Sao Paulo will stake out an ever-stronger claim as a fashion capital when it presents its Fashion Week from Wednesday, January 16th.
They're young, beautiful, poised and ambitious -and confined to wheelchairs. Meet the new stars of the catwalk, at a modelling competition for the disabled.young women from across Europe joined the competition in the northern German city of Hanover this month.
The heavy winter coat is not only out -- it may be a thing of the past in Australia as temperatures rise and summers lengthen due to global warming. Australian Fashion Week, which kicked off Tuesday, october 9th in Sydney, has ditched the traditional autumn/winter tag in favour of "trans-seasonal" runway shows full of clothes that can be worn year-round.
Italian designer Valentino received a standing ovation from a packed room for his last ever ready-to-wear show in Paris on Wednesday, October 3rd, having announced his retirement after 45 years in the business.
The gaping mouths of giant vacuum cleaner tubes dangling menacingly over the runway at the Issey Miyake show were a clue to the inspiration behind the collection for summer 2008 which designer Dai Fujiawa called "Wind".
Spanish designer Estrella Archs, who has recently been named creative director at Cacharel, sent out a flurry of pretty but unfussy frocks onto the runway for her own label collection here on Sunday, September 30th, boding well for her new job.