Spice Girls get a flavor of Cavalli

Mon Jan 14, 2008 4:11pm EST
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By Jo Winterbottom

MILAN (Reuters) - Britain's Spice Girls turned out to watch Roberto Cavalli's winter 2009 menswear show on Monday and he didn't disappoint them, including in his show a gorgeous green evening shift and a black satin Cinderella gown for women.

The pop quintet had front-row seats for the show, which Cavalli told Reuters was aimed at "a sophisticated man ... even a rock star type."

Geri Halliwell, wearing a beige ruched mini dress, was open-mouthed at a voluminous black satin long gown and pointed out to Victoria Beckham -- wearing a black trouser suit and headband -- the green version.

Cavalli, smoking his trademark cigar, said his show was "for a man who doesn't need to find himself in eccentricities."

Models wore suits in shiny midnight blue and black jacquards. Cavalli brought back turn-ups to straight-legged trousers and threw roomy sheepskins -- emerging as a seasonal trend -- or leopard print coats over the top of outfits.

His glamorous womenswear was a hit with retailer Hennes & Mauritz, where shoppers queued when they went on sale on November 8.

Cavalli said he had no plans for any further collaborations and was keen to know who might be the next designer for H&M, which has used collections by Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney.

"I enjoyed myself, it was great," he said. "I'd like to see who does the next collection ... I don't think other designers want to put themselves up against my success."   Continued...

<p>Spice Girls Geri Halliwell, Mel C, and Victoria Beckham pose for the photographers with Italian designer Roberto Cavalli (3rd R) before his Fall/Winter 2008/09 men's collections during Milan Fashion Week January 14, 2008. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo</p>