Roberto Cavalli closed Milan fashion week with his customary over-the-top bravura display.

"A modern fairy tale" was how Cavalli described his sexy, folky collection. Laser-cut leather jackets and maxi coats were aged and distressed, as were his shirred, flouncy dresses, lace micro-skirts and hyper-decorated jeans. Cavalli's beloved leopard and floral prints turned up on baroque inlaid chiffons, silks and muslins; his show-stopping evening gowns could pass as couture lingerie, with their profusion of decadent embroideries, cutouts and trimmings.

Before taking his bow, Cavalli sent out a procession of short—but equally arresting—dresses. Think of them as a slightly more approachable introduction to the designer's high-intensity, maximal vision.