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Josephine Le Tutour at Elite, @JosephineLT_ & Liu Wen at Marilyn, @LiuWenLWPhotography Luca Campri

Roberto Cavalli AW13

Cavalli's high-octane girls go gothic, parrot fashion in Milan for the new season

The Cavalli woman is pretty defined. She is sex, raw and uninhibited. However, this season, a darker, broodier and more structured version emerged on the runway. Opening with a monochrome palette, Cavalli gave us big black and white furs and graphic prints, before creating chainmail-inspired embellishments using silver eyelets. Hair was slicked back to reveal large gothic ear cuffs and highly decorative silver chokers.

Then, a mass of colour. Bold red, blue and green splashes on oversized black fur, undoubtedly inspired by his personal collection of pet parrots, before later forming a hypnotic, passionate flower print in the same tones. Midnight blue was used to create fur jumpers and chainmail minidresses, whilst a deep plum formed a tailored suit covered in black gothic embroidery. Cavalli continued his slick and sexy silhouettes this season, something that has become his signature. He also experimented with transparency, revealing bits of skin and printing on sheer fabrics, to create visual illusions.

What felt like another illusion was seeing over thirty of the most in-demand models walk the runway in these exotic, out-of-this-world clothes.

Hair: Guido Palau

Makeup: Lucia Pieroni

Models pictured: Julia Frauche (@Juliafrauche), Muriel Beal (@murielbeal), Sam Rollinson (@SamRollinson), Tilda Lindstam (@tildalindstam), Nicole Pollard (@LalaLuxe), Fei Fei Sun (@FeiFeiSunSun), Liu Wen (@LiuWenLW) , Josephone Le Tutour (@JosephineLT_), Meghan Collinson (@meghancollison)