Raf Simons was hired by Christian Dior to win back an audience that had fallen out of love with this most venerable of Paris fashion houses in the wake of the ugly John Galliano scandal.
Just two days into New York fashion week, the new mood for the catwalk season is already emerging – and it's not pretty.
With 45 minutes to go before the Italian house of Versace will opened Paris haute couture week, one familiar element was missing backstage.
Dig out your stetson: Topman Design, the catwalk collection of the high-street brand, showed a western-themed spring/summer 2014 collection on Sunday as part of London Collections: Men, the flourishing men's fashion week.
While another round of shows were only put to bed in mid-March, weary editors might not like the news that the so-called fashion month – when they watch shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris – could last even longer in the future.
Milan fashion week wouldn't be the same without Versace's unabashed high-voltage, rock-star glitz, and this season there was simply no stopping Donatella. For her new women's collection, she unleashed her latest look, which she has dubbed "vunk".
There was a time when the London fashion week experience was available only to a select few.
The famous people sitting in the front row for London's leading fashion shows later this week may feel they have earned those seats, but few will have worked as hard as an unpaid fashion intern.
Not only does Brazil already possess a monopoly on all the good things in life – beaches, sunshine, carnival, caipirinha – it will soon host the two biggest sporting events on the planet, the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.
The steps beneath the Eros statue at Piccadilly Circus have become the de facto front row.