Lisi_aw07_0002 Lisi_aw07_0539

If you thought fashion's appetite for all things opulent and extravagant had run its course, the first indications of this year's winter trends would suggest otherwise.  Shades of gold, fuchsia, duck-egg blue and — yes — leopard print, shone bright against black velvet and tulle at eveningwear expert Ben De Lisi's Decadence show, as fashion week got underway this Sunday.


Described by the designer as  'like a thousand chinese lanterns lighting up the night sky', De Lisi's Autumn/Winter 07 collection shown at the BFC tent made for a glamorous start to the week. His signature low-cut cocktail dresses were decorated with starkly contrasting metallic lace, while voluminous organza ballgowns in rich browns and dusky pinks gave way to a sweeter, more feminine feel. The collection was completed with a range of winter coats in pale colours and metalic sheens, all featuring oversized, almost futuristically wide collars.