WITH a supermodel comeback on the runway, a celebrity-laden front row, disco ball dresses and a Noah's Ark of fur and skins, it was a case of more is more at the Roberto Cavalli show yesterday during Milan Fashion Week.
With his german shepherd in tow, Cavalli embarked on a highly unusual pre-show tour of the ''frow'' for a meet and greet with guests including Diesel founder Renzo Rosso, with whom Cavalli is collaborating on a fashion project, New York socialite and philanthropist Michelle Harper, supermodel Alek Wek and model Elettra Wiedemann, the daughter of Isabella Rossellini.
Then the onslaught began.
To thumping dance beats, Cavalli sent out a range of iridescent boxy tops and jackets teamed with puffy fur miniskirts, followed by glittering bell-bottom flares and fur maxiskirts that resembled teepees in volume and circumference.
Utterly unwearable on a daily basis (unless you live the Cavalli lifestyle), the range showcased almost every hide in the animal kingdom, including alligator, snake and fur.
That perhaps explained the heavy security presence around and in the venue to keep the protesters out and the hides within.
Nineties supermodel Naomi Campbell made her return to the runway when she closed the show in a burgundy gown encrusted with pailettes.
Giorgio Armani deftly balanced masculine tailoring with soft touches of femininity for ''the meeting of contradictory opposites'' promised in the notes for his show.
Proceedings opened with a Prince of Wales check double-breasted slim suit worn with a jaunty asymmetrical fedora that should prove an accessory hit for the season.
The clean lines of long and lean suiting in textured grey and basic black had an androgynous feeling that was amplified by flat rockabilly shoes in zebra and gleaming patent leather.