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.
There may be a crisis that is forcing many companies to cut costs but that's not stopping top fashion designers from opening glossy new stores. With locations in New York, Paris and Milan, the big names seem to be undeterred by the economic turmoil.
Everyone in Italy's clothing industry is begging for state aid, but some of the loudest cries for help are coming from the exclusive haute couture segment known more for sequined extravagance than humble pleas.
When times get hard in fashion, it's not about who you know but who knows you. For emerging designers trying to survive a crippling recession, good connections are more important than ever, fashion experts say.
Just as flush times gave traditionally staid menswear permission to loosen up, a grim economy is dictating a back-to-basics gravitas and a return to serious business attire. Menswear, never in the vanguard of U.S.