China, already a formidable powerhouse in ready-to-wear fashion, has broken into the elite circle of French haute couture, with the first Chinese designer due to unveil her collection for next autumn-winter in the shows which take to the catwalks on Monday June 30th.
East will meet West next summer for Giorgio Armani male fans with Asian inspired long shirts, shantung trousers and fitted jackets, the Italian designer suggested in his menswear show, which won him loud applause.
Flowers and flamingos injected a dose of the tropical into Milan fashion week on Monday when Gucci designer Frida Giannini dressed her men colorfully for next summer. Models walked out in blooming cotton shirts and thin ties with flamingo motifs.
Italian designer Roberto Cavalli offered men's tops and trousers decorated with prints of pictures he had taken of an African sunset and overlapping palm leaves at his spring/summer 2009 show on Sunday.
By Deepa Babington FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters Life!) - New York-based designer Diane von Furstenberg sent models traipsing down a lush garden runway in breezy chiffon dresses and ruffled headbands to mark her first fashion show in her native Europe.
Five months after bidding farewell to the Paris catwalks at a final haute couture collection in January, Italian designer Valentino is back in the French capital with a major retrospective of his five decades in fashion.