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Catwalk with a view on first day of Paris fashion

Paris fashion week got off to a charmingly chaotic start Tuesday with a rooftop catwalk show -- the first by Franco-Cambodian designer Christine Phung -- at which fashionistas played 'spot the model'. Fashion watchers who trekked up the eight flights to the top of Paris's famed Galeries Lafayette department store were rewarded with clear views of the Eiffel Tower on a sunny September day.

Ancient and modern architecture inspires at Milan fashion week

By Isla Binnie MILAN (Reuters) - Top designers took inspiration from architecture at Milan fashion week on Sunday, with ancient Sicilian temples printed on dresses at Dolce & Gabbana and structured tailoring at Salvatore Ferragamo. The spring-summer 2014 collections were shown on the penultimate day of Milan's biannual women's fashion extravaganza, which organizers estimate brings 15,000 people to Italy's style capital.

Antiquity inspires Dolce

Fashion duo Dolce&Gabbana looked back to the ancient past of Domenico Dolce's native Sicily for their new collection in Milan on Sunday, featuring prints of Greek temples and gold coin necklaces. Models sashayed down the runway to a mix of Fellini film soundtracks by renowned cinema composer Nino Rota in a selection that evoked antiquity and the natural beauty of spring on the island when the almond trees are in flower.

Milan fashion stars pay homage to film classics

A film reel whirrs, the soundtrack starts, then action! Roberto Cavalli on Saturday paid homage to cinema -- a two-way relationship that has been one of the themes at Milan Fashion Week. "Welcome to my movie set!" the silver-maned Cavalli, dressed in a black suit and sunglasses, told journalists at the start of the catwalk show, sweeping his arm across a vast marquee tent with spotlights and celluloid decorations. Models dressed like glamorous 1930s film stars paraded in an array of shimmering figure-hugging gowns with furs thrown over the shoulder.

Prada confident on China, sees recovery in Europe

HONG KONG/MILAN (Reuters) - Prada <1913.HK> is seeing green shoots in Europe and feels confident about China, its biggest market, even though sales slowed in the first half, the luxury Italian fashion house said on Tuesday. The Hong Kong-listed group, whose first-half net profit fell short of expectations, said appetite for its colorful 1,500-euro leather handbags in China, particularly in second-tier cities where it was opening shops, was showing no sign of abating.

London designers seek to defy tough markets with luxury pieces

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian LONDON (Reuters) - London designers are seeking to entice more demanding fashion followers with luxurious materials, rich embellishment and vivid colors, hopeful that the country's luxury industry will grow despite continuing global economic woes. London Fashion Week, effectively a trade show that sees hundreds of buyers, journalists and celebrities descend on the British capital, is expected to result in orders worth more than 100 million pounds ($159.35 million) during its September 13-17 run.

Prada net profits rise 7.6% to 308 mn euros

Italy's luxury fashion brand Prada said Tuesday that its net profit rose by 7.6 percent in the first half of its fiscal year to 308.2 million euros ($412 million) and expressed confidence for the future despite an uncertain international economic outlook. Consolidated sales rose by 11.7 percent in nominal terms and 14.8 percent at constant exchange rates to 1.73 billion euros in the February through July period.

Richemont sales growth hit by unfavourable exchange rates

Swiss luxury goods giant Richemont said Thursday its sales growth had slowed during the first five months of its reporting year amid unfavourable exchange rates and slumping sales in mainland China. From April to August, Richemont saw its sales grow just four percent at actual exchange rates and nine percent at constant rates, it said in a statement.

Tiffany's strong China sales offset tepid Americas business

By Phil Wahba (Reuters) - Tiffany & Co's <TIF.N> strong sales in China and higher prices made up for some disappointing business in its home market in the latest quarter, leading the U.S. jeweler on Tuesday to raise its profit forecast for the year.

Big brands race to secure luxury supplies from reptiles to roses

By Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) - From crocodile farms to rose fields, suppliers of luxury material have become top acquisition targets for names like LVMH <LVMH.PA> and Gucci owner Kering <PRTP.PA> as they race to lock in rare skills and ingredients vital to their brands' survival. Having invested heavily in recent years to open shops around the world, notably in emerging markets, luxury leaders are now competing to control the supply lines behind their sales.
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