Young designers from 18 countries are participating at the China Fashion Week that was kicked off in Beijing with simplicity as its theme.
The designers showed their creative ideas as they competed for the 17th International Young Fashion Designer Contest - the "Hempel Award", according to Wednesday's China Daily.
Most dresses flapping down the runway were one-piece concoctions, featuring straight cuts, cold and simple colours.
White, black, dark-blue and brown were the only colours used to express the spirit of the show: "simple is best".
"Simplicity is always in vogue, but this year it attracts more attention because of economics," said Shi Zhiqiang, Time Out Beijing fashion editor.
"China's fashion circle is not as influenced by the recession as those in the foreign countries, but we too won't see fancy garments with much embellishment in this year's fashion week," Shi said.