The curtain came down on Milan Fashion Week yesterday with a show by the cult Italian label, AB/SOUL.
Hinting that hemlines will be rising next spring, at the heart of the collection was a series of mini dresses in white cotton, red ruched chiffon and blue silk.
Dresses were accessorised with bow belts and oversized sunglasses, and teamed with sleeveless cardigans and tan wedge sandals.
The show was the finale in a week when designers including Matthew Williamson, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli previewed their spring/summer 2008 collections.
Today, fashionistas moved on to Paris where the prêt-à-porter season, with close to 200 shows on the official and “off-piste” calendar, marks the final leg of the four-city fashion road show, following on from London and New York earlier this month.
Major shows in the coming week include collections from Chanel, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
Valentino, the Roman designer who recently announced his retirement after 45 years in the fashion industry, will also show his final ready-to-wear collection.
The Indian designer, Manish Arora, makes his debut at Paris Fashion Week today with a Bollywood-inspired show.
His collection, which includes “pop art” embroidery, multicoloured plastic beadwork and crystal-studded dresses depicting the elephant god, Ganesh, has taken four months of work by 250 artisans in his New Delhi atelier.
Other pieces feature brilliantly-coloured cartoons based on traditional Indian comic books and the work of the American artist, Roy Lichtenstein. “I don’t think the French will have seen anything like this before,” Arora said. “It will be like a parade of futuristic maharajahs.”