a la mode

Detailed coverage from the catwalks of this season’s fashion shows in London, Paris, New York and Milan

Show season ends with a fresh start

Nicolas Ghesquière, the new designer at Louis Vuitton, heralds a divergence in approaches

Ready-to-wear is having a Warhol moment

From Saint Laurent to Chanel, brands play the packaging game

Diverging realities and dissonance of life

It is not about escapism but rather wrestling with things as they are

Despite Oscars, Paris designers go for elegance not entertainment

Viktor & Rolf show quietest collection, Kenzo looks to the movies

Creativity takes centre stage

Watanabe dances with the dark; Kawakubo spins a yarn

Oblique nods and intuitive leaps

The thought process that goes into clothes is rarely linear

Mastered staples unpicked

Designers seize the opportunity to shed sartorial prejudices

New designers chase the dream

Aganovich, Charlier and Li attempt to define their own signature

Milan fashion week

Fairy tale designs and a touch of magic

Motor of fantasy drives thriving commercialism in Milan

Italy gets a grown-up attitude

It was out with the sex and in with the self-assurance

Marras and Marni serve up a travelogue

The two Milanese brands carved their own path

The leap from catwalk to the street

Prada came up with clothes meant to please the wearer

Italy prepares for a style youthquake

Putting faith in young talent – off and on the catwalk

Gucci goes back to the ’60s

london fashion week

Luxury does not have to be predictable

British designers showed they could do decadence with a twist

London: Runway report 5

Anya Hindmarch finds beauty in the banal

London: Runway report 4

Burberry presents a luxury take on the bohemian look

London: Runway report 3

Mary Katrantzou offers rich pickings for red carpet clothing

London: Runway report 2

Hunter and Henry Holland go for playful looks; Holly Fulton and Duro Olowu turn to Art Deco