Fur ever It may not have the sophistication of New York, the raw energy and ideas of London or the pedigree of Paris, but Milan still boasts a few facets other fashion capitals cannot come close to emulating: sex, ostentation and an unquenchable appetite for fur. The city's autumn/winter fashion week did not disappoint and here are a few of the high - and low - lights. Sex appeal Prada's first foray into full-on sex, featuring see-through raincoats, dirty old man mackintoshes, street-walker stilettos and innerwear as outerwear, was the most daring show. Styled by Pop magazine editor Katie Grand (formerly of Bottega Veneta), it walked that fine line between irony and vulgarity and succeeded splendidly. On the cheap Versus, by Steven Meisel collaborator Lori Goldstein, was the worst-styled show. The poor girl did not have much to work with - all the clothes were cheap-looking and trashy. Silly hoodies, Kookai-esque prints and white-trash jeans look bad on their own, and even worse worn together. And let's not even start on the PVC corset dresses and chain-store shoes ... Here and there The colour brown (chocolate being designers' biggest indulgence), ribbed knits, cowl-neck sweaters, cat'o'nine tails belts; over-sized tops, jackets and coats, shorts over stockings or leggings, patent leather or knits, bomber jackets, and sky-high heels no shorter than 11 centimetres were the predominant runway trends. Ford thinking Start saving now ... for anything from Tom Ford's winning Gucci collection. Inspired by Chrissie Hynde, Jean Harlow, goth rock, the 1920s and a trip to Tokyo, it is sexy, wearable and painstakingly produced. Still have change? Then check out Christopher Bailey's autumn collection for Burberry. Bookish in a Blooms-bury sort of way, the collection deconstructs traditional trenchcoats and brings back paisley-printed velvet. Or choose for one of Bottega Veneta's gorgeous, limited-edition Cavallo bags. Runway eyesore Roberto Cavalli's poodle coat was the biggest runway atrocity. Think green fur and patent leather. Need I say more? Shop talk Moschino and Carshoe on Via della Spiga, Brioni's womenswear flagship on Via Gesu and Dior Homme on Via Montenapoleone, which features a changing room with an electronic installation by conceptual artist Pierre Huyghe, were the most talked about shop-openings. Stellar gathering Among the celebrities sighted were Kylie Minogue at Dolce & Gabbana (below, with the designers), Charlize Theron at Blunauta, Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards at the Armani party, Destiny's Child and Chelsea Clinton at Versace, and Shaggy and Boy George, who wore an army coat with 'God Save The Queer' scrawled across the back, at Versus. Setting the scene Tod's knees-up at a warehouse, where sets were recreated from films such as Breakfast At Tiffany's, Getaway, Barefoot In The Park and Pulp Fiction, was the most impressive party. Super class Cindy Crawford on the runway at Roberto Cavalli, Naomi Campbell at Dolce & Gabbana, Helena Christensen at Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Eva Hercigova and Michelle Hicks at Prada and Moschino provided the supermodel moments. Slip-ups The bigger they are the harder they fall. That's what British model Michelle DeSwarte discovered at the Gucci show when she fell three times - in 11cm heels - on Tom Ford's shag-pile runway. At the Versus show two hours later, DeSwarte stopped before the two-thirds mark. Who says modelling is without its hazards? Backing tracks Music from the Smiths at Fendi, Stevie Nicks at Gucci, Prince at Jil Sander and Roberto Cavalli, Grace Jones at Moschino and Missoni, and Olivia Newton-John at Miu Miu, proved designers are nostalgic types.