Roberto Cavalli brings out the stars in Milan

Liz Hurley gets the camera bulbs flashing on the front row during Milan Fashion Week

Celebrities have been thin on the ground this week in Milan. Save for Pixie Geldof’s fleeting appearance at Pringle, there’s been a distinct lack of famous faces to stare at while waiting for the shows to start.

However, that all changed on Sunday afternoon, when Roberto Cavalli brought out the big guns to vamp-up his mainline show.

Elizabeth Hurley
, accompanied by husband Arun Nayar, was the clear paparazzi favourite, sending camera bulbs flashing as she made her way to her front row seat, next to the likes of Tamara Beckwith, Milla Jovovich and, bizarrely, CSI actor Gary Dourdan, who were all in town to help Cavalli celebrate the launch of his credit card that evening. (Launching a credit card during the credit crunch, how’s that for utter confidence?)

Despite the upbeat nature of the front row, it hasn’t been the best of weeks for Mr Cavalli. Days earlier he was forced to cancel the show for his diffusion line, Just Cavalli, and then, as the lights went up on the mainline runway show, news began pinging into the front row’s BlackBerries that he will now be sued by the company which produces Just Cavalli under licence, Ittierre SpA, for deciding to cancel the previous show.

Still, as the models made their way down the runway, you’d never guess there was trouble behind the scenes, for this was confident, bullish fashion, which took no prisoners.

In the main crafted from uncompromising black, studded with metal rivets, studs and chains, the hemlines were short, the accessories sharp and aggressive and the sheer, see-through dresses, with their racer-back swimsuit linings, very, very sexy.

In keeping with the Cavalli aesthetic, jeans, too, were skin-tight, heels as high as they go, and the fabrics as luxe as they come.

Just in case you missed any of the catwalk action, mirrors at the top of the catwalk reflected every look hundreds of times over, reinforcing the confident nature of the models’ strides and Cavalli’s conviction in his autumn/winter vision.

Looks like Hurley et al will get plenty of use out of their new Cavalli credit cards.

SEE ALL THE RUNWAY PHOTOS HERE

SEE ALL THE MILAN FRONT ROW PHOTOS HERE

Report from Carla Bevan in Milan

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