January 15, 2008 / 2:04 AM / in 10 years

Spice Girls get a flavor of Cavalli

<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.Alessandro Garofalo</p>

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."

RUSSIAN ROCKS

At Gucci, designer Frida Giannini mixed textures of soft tweed, velvet and silk for what she described as a "Russian Rock" look on models with tousled hair and dark-rimmed eyes.

Low-slung trousers were long-legged and straight, while silk scarves in Paisley prints or tartans served as belts. Leather belts with studs were instead slung round necks.

A grey-flecked tweed tailored jacket was worn with mole-soft velvet trousers and a fine silk patterned flat-fronted shirt. Thin stirrup fastenings flapped open on trousers over flat, slouchy boots, some with studded backs to the ankles.

Giannini used brick red and petrol blues to brighten up her predominant blacks, grays and browns, with metal coins and studs jingling on trousers seams and the side panels of bags.

For evening wear, velvet contrasted with astrakhan in black coats and trousers, with touches of scarlet in hip-hugging scarves lending a military dash.

Giannini, in only her second winter menswear collection, echoed other designers this week with huge soft leather grips as luggage or studded versions slung over shoulders.

She put fur on collars and long, long cuffs or collars, while sheepskin -- a favorite fabric this week for designers -- was used for a roomy coat closed by leather bands or a hooded waistcoat.

Milan's winter 2009 menswear shows end on January 15 with catwalk offerings from D&G -- the more informal line of designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce -- and Giorgio Armani.

Additional reporting by Ilaria Polleschi, editing by Andrew Dobbie

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