The fashion crowd moves from Milan to Paris for fashion week. Also coming up: a new YSL retrospective.

Milan Fashion Week
February 23 - March 2
MMD venue
Milan, Italy

Bottega Veneta, Max Mara, Armani, Pucci and Gucci are scheduled to show on Saturday, while Marni, Roberto Cavalli and Missoni will present their collections Sunday. And while the major shows are crammed into four days, Milan Fashion Week ends with some runway looks from up-and-coming Italian designers and the inauguration of the Palazzo Morando, a new fashion, art, and design space.

Paris Fashion Week
March 2-10
Carrousel du Louvre
Paris, France

The fashion week in the French capital will wrap up the season between March 2 and 10 after the programs in New York, London, and Milan. The most anticipated shows comprise the biggest names in the industry such as Balenciaga, Dior, Chanel and French favorites like Isabel Marant, Sonia Rykiel and Jean-Paul Gaultier . Alexander McQueen's label will show the designer's collection March 9 - according to owner PPR, it was almost finished before he died.

YSL retrospective
March 11 - August 29
Paris, France

The Petit Palais museum in Paris is staging an eagerly awaited fashion retrospective of French designer Yves Saint Laurent who passed away in June 2008.

Armani hotel opens
March 18
Dubai, UAE

The luxe label, which is still managed by its founder Giorgio Armani and currently runs a variety of fashion lines as well as home accessory boutiques, spas, and cafés, has chosen the just opened Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) - the world's largest tower - to host its first venture into hospitality.