Go inside Roberto Cavalli's Autumn Winter 2014 show
'Today I believe that I will make you fly with your fantasy,' says Roberto Cavalli when we meet him backstage at his Autumn Winter 2014 show. And he's not wrong! Held at the magnificent Arco della Pace in the heart of Milan, this was always set to be an extravaganza, but it was bigger and better than we could have imagined. As part of our Fashion Week 360 mission, bringing you the shows from every angle, Grazia was granted an-access pass...
Backstage pre-show, the likes of Joan Smalls and Hollie-May Saker were transformed into glamazons before our very eyes. Drenched in gold, prints, sparkles and fur, they were the epitome of Italian va-va-voom. 'A woman has to decide to be beautiful, just to omit her beauty and energy to the other people,' Cavalli explains in his sing-song accent. 'The same woman in the morning is one businesswoman who doesn't care about herself, but in the light, she becomes a Cavalli woman.' Sounds good to us.
Step one: backstage [Instagram]
As the models prepared to hit the catwalk, we left the backstage area to find a Brit line-up on the front row. Ellie Goulding and Samantha Barks giggled between themselves and dished on what it is they love about RC. 'Everything he makes is so sexy and it really celebrates the female form,' says Les Miserables actress Samantha. Then a flurry of flashbulbs signalled a major arrival and the fash-pack turned to see Cheryl Cole arriving in a snakeskin-print trench coat with her hair slicked back in a tight ponytail.
Step two: front row [Instagram]
With the starry FROWers in place, the show could begin - and what a show it was! The collection was paraded around a ring of scorching flames and as the temperature soared, models showcased graphic suits and matching printed trousers with silk shirts, unbuttoned low. But the real star was the house's skillful embellishment, from a silver studded leather biker jacket to floor length evening gowns complete with hundreds of thousands of twinkling beads. They were displayed most effectively across flapper dresses - all dropped waists and heavy barrel beaded fringing - combined with long, pendulous tassel necklaces to channel '20s decadence.
Step three: the show [Instagram]
'It was really impressive, really stunning,' Ellie Goulding said of the show. 'I just want to wear one of his dresses every single day.' Ah, don't we all. See the wonderous collection in the gallery below and for our verdict, read Katherine's show report here...