Lake of fire and luxurious lambskin at Milan fashion week

Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:11pm EST
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By Isla Binnie

MILAN (Reuters) - Models stalked around a fiery lake at Roberto Cavalli and were swathed in luxurious lambskin at Bottega Veneta in Milan on Saturday for the city's biannual women's fashion week.

A pattern of scarlet flames licked around the hem of a black evening gown and beaded flapper dresses reflected blue spotlights and the glow of real fire at Cavalli's show.

Bottega Veneta chose powdery pink, grey and beige for shearling coats, linear crepe dresses and pleated skirts, adding the occasional flash of purple, emerald green and red.

Italy's national chamber of fashion (CNMI) expects the industry to make 62.5 billion euros ($85.91 billion) in revenue in 2014, returning to sales growth after two years in decline.

The trade body has set up billboards at Milan's airports reading "Welcome to Milan Fashion Week" and is streaming catwalk footage to screens around the town.

So far, high-profile attendees have included Salma Hayek, who watched a Gucci show with her husband Francois-Henry Pinault, chief executive of the label's owner Kering.

British pop star Cheryl Cole sat in the front row at Saturday's show for Roberto Cavalli, who said on Wednesday fashion should be less linked to celebrities, but admitted he was pleased when famous people wore his clothes.

"I loved the concept with the fire. He did such a great job," Cole said after the show. Asked what she was wearing, the singer replied, "Cavalli, of course."   Continued...

A model presents a creation from the Roberto Cavalli Autumn/Winter 2014 collection during Milan Fashion Week February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo