•The spring/summer 2011 collections delivered an Eastern promise - waists defined by obi belts.
•Carolina Herrera's polished cinchers had a graphic appeal, while Sonia Rykiel was more playful - tying hers over cardigans and paper-bag trousers.
•Paul & Joe's metallic obis are perfect for a dose of summer night glam, while there were sequinned options on the Louis Vuitton catwalk for extra sparkle.
•At Gucci, they had a tribal feeling and came tied over skirts, jackets, trousers and dresses. Wear yours with bright colours and to break up a colour-blocked look or make like Haider Ackermann and make your own after a visit to the haberdashery store.