Tel Aviv gets fashionable again.
Italian designer Roberto Cavalli kicked off Israel's first Fashion Week in more than 30 years.
Fresh from the runways of Milan, Cavalli presented his Spring 2012 collection, which featured barely-there animal prints, sheer chiffon and backless straight-line dresses.
The Italian designer says fashion has become global and when it comes to being fashion-forward, Israel is no exception.
SOUNDBITE: Roberto Cavalli, fashion designer, saying (English):
"I feel that fashion today is no Israeli, Italy, American, England. It's international. Because all of you read the same magazines that all of what you're reading...We watch the same movies. And fashion is there. From there you get idea what to buy."
Leading Israeli designers will showcase their collections during the week, which is supported by Israel's tourism ministry and local business.
Alicia Powell, Reuters.