Hard on the heels of Milan, Paris kicked off its winter menswear series Wednesday with shows by Valentino, Carven and Raf Simons featuring everything from variations on the classic suit to paint splatter looks.
After London and Milan, men's fashion hits Parisian runways Wednesday, with some 50 shows planned as more and more European and Asian houses battle to get a slot amid rising interest in this section of the market.
Recession-rattled shoppers are not likely to splurge on amethysts or rubies, but designers are waging that consumers will buy jewel-tone fashions to satisfy their craving for luxury as they start to spend a little more.
The blond hair, pert nose and twinkling eyes of the shapely doll were unmistakably Barbie, but what was she doing attached to a prehistoric bug? Welcome to San Francisco's annual "Altered Barbie" exhibition.