From the backdrop a line of black calligraphy on a white ground traced the length of the catwalk, setting a mood of zen-like tranquillity at Hiroko Koshino's ready-to-wear show for next autumn-winter on Thursday.
Icelandic bank Kaupthing put British unit Mosaic Fashions into administration and announced a deal to buy back some of its brands immediately, saving around 8,700 jobs while leaving about 4,200 at risk on Monday.
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.
U.S. shoe and clothing maker Kenneth Cole Productions Inc posted a wider fourth-quarter loss, weighed down by margin pressures, and suspended its quarterly dividend to conserve cash in an uncertain economic environment.
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.
British upmarket jeweller Theo Fennell Plc said on Thursday it would close its Fine Jewellery and Watch concession in the Brown Thomas Department Store in Dublin after it had unveiled its plans to downsize its business last month.
Jewelry retailer Zale Corp posted quarterly results that missed Wall Street estimates on Wednesday as aggressive price cuts in the face of lower consumer spending ate into profit margins, and its shares fell more than 11 percent.