In the current climate, at the end of a long week, there's something reassuring about designers who are unashamedly getting on with business as usual. Credit crunch?
What credit crunch? This lot know that nothing not even global economic meltdown - will stand between their customer and her next bejewelled cocktail frock, crocodile handbag or five-inch sandal.
The Versace collection was gorgeous, not just expensive. Glamorous and grown-up, it was enough to make any woman want to splash her cash. In a sophisticated palette that moved from nude through rose, beige, gold and black, with shots of blue and yellow, the focus was on a sexy new silhouette: short and sassy, with a stiff bell-shaped skirt and tiny belted waist. Zips became a decorative feature, curving round the body and turning into love hearts on tops. Geometry is fashion's latest game and Donatella played her hand perfectly. As well as a fantastic print by London illustrator Julie Verhoeven celebrating 30 years of Versace, opulent fabrics including silk fused with paper to look like snakeskin gave the silhouette a powerful impact.
Dita, Naomi, Claudia, Eva glamour is always in fashion at Dolce & Gabbana. With this fabulous front row the week's most celeb-filled plus Jennifer Lopez, poured into tight white satin and posing tirelessly for photographers, the boys set their agenda from the start.
As Sasha Pivovarova sashayed down the mirrored runway, devastatingly chic in silk polka dot evening pyjamas and towering platforms, it was clear that after last season's tweeds and brogues they'd gone back to what they do best: unashamed opulence and full-on femininity. Pyjamas continued to be mixed up through a crazy collection that embraced couture embellishment, bold geometric shapes in glittering brocade and seduc More