Design duo Dolce and Gabbana took their audience on a journey into a medieval fairytale at Milan Fashion Week.
There were fur-clad Little Red Riding Hoods, hooded capes and flowing evening gowns fit for a princess. Daywear featured elaborate embroidery of animals and flowers, and there was sexiness in black see-through lace.
A floaty red gown covered in squirrels and flowers with a cape flowing from the nape of the neck was the last showpiece before an army of models in shiny Tinkerbell dresses closed the show.
Designer Angela Missoni said her collection was for the “free-spirited woman”, one comfortable enough to wear oversized men’s jackets over soft, form-fitting dresses, easy sportswear or swinging skirts.
She wants to be comfortable with masculine outerwear but the “the silhouette underneath is close to the body,” said the designer.
For this collection, Missoni broke up its trademark zigzags for a sporty woman’s wardrobe strewn with geometric shapes.
Roberto Cavalli offered a spectacular show featuring models circling a burning lake.
Flames licked around the hems of evening gowns and beaded flapper dresses trimmed with fur. The base palette was monochrome and mother-of-pearl tones, with flashes of petrol blue and devilish red.
For her autumn-winter collection, Donatella Versace showed a series of figure-skimming evening gowns flowing to an asymmetric fishtail.
Tasselled epaulettes gave a military air to jackets and sweaters, while chunky medallions and gilded bangles hung from necks and wrists.
Most models wore boots, some thigh-high and embellished with embroidery, others mid-calf versions laced up at the front.