Saturday 24th February

| BY Roxy Lola

Roberto Cavalli: Ready-to-Wear AW18

This was Roberto Cavalli after dark. A Cavalli dreamscape. Mr Paul Surridge took it to a new level of extra, and boy do we love to be extravagant. Signature animal prints charged through the collection in snow leopard, high waisted pants lightly flared and dresses scooped the body, so mini. Knee high leather boots were made for walking and coats slit high up the leg, dresses intricately diced the bodice. These women and men were wild, dominating this nightlife kingdom jungle meets desert. Dégradé chiffon dresses faded in and out in compelling colours so right for the night. In the first combined mens and womens show for the brand, the men walked with ease, so chic in their layered up leopard print pants and hooded jackets. Oversized scarves felt mysterious, a checkered wool coat held sturdy and we lurrrrved that head to toe red hot leather situation with black shoulder. New mono colour coding at Cavalli.

Men carried backpacks, on a mission – a somewhat flame fuelled mission it seemed in their leather shirts. Snakeskin hissed in defence and crocodile made up the armour, looking so good on Dilone in those cherry red flares. Work it, girl. It was tough and ready for the night but there was a softness too, perhaps a late night honesty. Long dresses cut on the bias swirled with handkerchief hems, a pop of pure white shining through and a build up to all those frills, plunging, rollercoasting round the body. The colours took us somewhere nomadic, and we were drifting to distant lands, floating away. Bella Hadid anchored the end of the show in a red leather coat, bringing us right back into the city for the end of the night.

Photographs by Jason Lloyd Evans