Dresses with mock birds in cages or fried egg shape cut-outs. Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz De La Prada showed Milan the kind of imagination she believes is needed in a woman's wardrobe at times of economic crisis.
Milan fashion week may have begun under an economic cloud due to the global financial turmoil but designers showing off their creations have sought to defy the gloomy mood, with some declaring "war" on the crisis.
Shoulders set the silhouette on Milan's catwalks Monday, whether bared for Versace, writ large by Dolce & Gabbana or a fetish for Fendi.A quintessential Donatella Versace creation sneaks a shoulder out of a flowing grey-blue gown.
There may be a crisis that is forcing many companies to cut costs but that's not stopping top fashion designers from opening glossy new stores. With locations in New York, Paris and Milan, the big names seem to be undeterred by the economic turmoil.