A giant merry-go-round occupied centre stage at the Chanel ready-to-wear show on february 29th, but instead of horses there were enormous versions of the house's iconic camelia, quilted handbag, ropes of pearls and earrings with the double-C logo.
All eyes were on Alessandra Facchinetti on Thursday for her debut collection at Valentino, the first in the Italian fashion house's history not designed by its founder and the most keenly anticipated show in Paris fashion week.
Fashion shows, aimed at wooing buyers and winning over fickle magazine editors, have become extravaganzas requiring weeks of meticulous planning and an army of co-workers - often all for no more than a quarter of an hour on the catwalk.
For the first time in nine years, British designer Vivienne Westwood presented a show at London Fashion Week by paying homage to young women from the 1970s who shopped in the neighbourhood where she first made a name for herself.
Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Gaudi and Norman Foster, the masters of urban architecture, put their own indirect stamp on London Fashion Week Tuesday February 12th with their influence on the newest creations from Basso and Brooke for the 2008 fall-winter collection.
Fall-winter collections promise to be a flamboyant affair this year, with a designer as well known for his affinity to black as John Rocha, who opened the second day of London Fashion Week on Monday February 11th, having succumbed to luminous orange and bright pink.