Show report: Roberto Cavalli A/W’12

The Piazza San Babila was strewn with leopard-print roses (really) for the Roberto Cavalli show on day six of Milan Fashion Week

The Piazza San Babila was strewn with leopard-print roses (really) for the Roberto Cavalli show on day six of Milan Fashion Week.

If the fashion crowd were flagging (and we were, by day six of week three…) then Cavalli’s trademark blend of sex, surprises and high octane glamour was the perfect tonic to get us back on form.

The cream, yellow and black rose-strewn catwalk created a leopard print effect and the celeb-packed front row was buzzing with the news that Naomi Campbell would be walking in the show. But that was just for starters.

There followed a collection of sequins, fur, leather hats (headwear – a must for AW) as well as leather elbow-length gloves and ra-ra skirts. The ruffle is, most definitely, back. Cavalli sent out an orgy of colour and texture combinations with limes, hot pinks, purples and turquoise giving a disco feel to the fall collection.

Trousers, when they appeared, were flared and sequined or animal print – with tiger, leopard and snake all worn together.

For evening, Cavalli went darker with gothic-looking layered floor-sweeping frocks in sooty greys, black and – of course – more prints.

Naomi Campbell led the finale in a full skirted, backless brown sequined gown – to a Kylie soundtrack and rapturous applause. Another classic Cavalli.

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