Grabbing the headlines is a big controversy over whether the models are too thin. Madrid Fashion Week has banned extremely thin models from the catwalk. It is damaging to young girls' self-image and their health. Organizers said they wanted models to project "an image of beauty and health" rather than a gaunt, waif-like look.
Although London is not known as a center of fashion, it has become a very creative showcase for young British designers.
The show opens Monday with Garen Demerdijian, a Paris-based Lebanese-American designer. Bella Freud is set for Tuesday, pioneer of kaftans and flamboyant scarves.