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Dark, fearsome and fighting an apocalyptic war was the woman who walked in Roberto Cavalli's A/W '11 ready-to-wear show last night. Returning to his early days of chiffon in various types of animal print (leopard and tiger spots and zebra stripes), Cavalli incorporated these into a new kind of armour born from detailed workmanship and overloaded in draped metal necklaces.

The tough Cavalli warrior was layered in black tights, spangly skirts, metallic bodysuits, embellished leather jackets and topped off with feather necklaces. Furthering this tribal-meets-rock-n-roll offering were skinny trousers, waistcoats, and masculine-style blazers.

In a collage of different prints and textures including python, Cavalli also threw in long claret velvet and sheer skirts, and fur and hair jackets before turning over to a few lighter more feminine dresses featuring handkerchief hems. Floaty gowns were also present, but it was the patchwork animal print chiffon skirts, teamed with long scarves wound around and around that really stood out.

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