MFW A/W 12-13: Roberto Cavalli

By  February 27, 2012

Following on from the success of his Just Cavalli show earlier in the week, Roberto truly stepped up his game for his mainline. Entering the venue, guests were awed by a runway blanketed in black and white roses that formed a floral abstract of the house’s iconic animal prints. Magic enough in and of itself (the florists of Milan have been busy bees pollinating the sets of the town’s finest), but then the first girl appeared, an exquisite bud of a woman, in a crystal encrusted tulip skirted mini dress, her, long, lithe legs the stems.

One by one Cavalli’s otherworldly winter flowers walked, each more precious than the next, weaving about their floral enclave and trailing fashion at it’s most high octane glam in their wake. Look after look, it just got better and better as the tightly closed nascent buds began to bloom, skirts and silhouettes opening up and growing ever more voluminous. Truly noteworthy were the extraordinary mink and python ball skirts, casually paired with fitted blazers sculpted from exotic skins or shimmering crystals.

But the most precious flower to be found in Cavalli’s sartorial garden was the one and only Naomi Campbell herself, who closed the show to thunderous applause, smiling as she slowly sauntered around the catwalk in her plunge-front shimmering brown dress, it was like she was the enchanted earth from which these beautiful flora had sprung, the beautiful mother of them all, presiding in her grace. Truly, a magnificent close to Milan Fashion Week.

Naomi Campbell was the perfect ending to Milan Fashion Week

The animal hey-day!

The python maxi skirt sauntered down the Cavalli catwalk

Magnificent skirts made an impact on the Cavalli catwalk

The darling buds of Cavalli