Roberto Cavalli’s front row guests at the fashion week in Milan, included the glitterati of Italian television, and wonder couple Elizabeth Hurley and Shayne Warne. The colour white dominated the palette, and the clothes? More of the Roberto Cavalli sexy you have come to expect over the years – this is Hollywood glam at its best and its finest. Before the show began, the Italian designer came out at shook hands with all of the guests, a rare sight amongst fashion designers, no matter where and which continent you look in.
The music blaring during the show is very pop and fun, and along the lines of Cavalli sexy that the celebrity world adores, even if it might seem a tad too sultry for many amongst regular fashion consumers. He knows how to switch from old-school glamour to a gown worthy of an Oscar on its own very finely, and you can see all of this and more in his latest Spring Summer trip.
The backs of the outfits were exposed, leather tangled with lace and the reigning colour was white. Sharp-shoulders on jackets complimented the body-contouring dresses and frothy gowns, playing around with so many soft colours, from nude-pink to lime green. His signature prints that the scarfs always boast so proudly acted as accessories on the models, this time in lighter colours than Cavalli likes to usually pursue, in his more traditional bespoke flamboyant designs and chiffon.
Proposing to accept a change of vision channelled through boudoir-sheer mousselines, apricot colours, a day-to-night Parisian adventure, wispy slipdresses, multidimensional suits, super-wide trousers and feminine, slinky camisoles on the top, he pulled off another feat really well – this can act as the new feather on his cap amongst the usual bold beads, lace inserts, embroidery (inclusive of glass embroidery too), crystals, leather inserts, monochrome shades, python and jaguar prints, plummeting necklines, slits and backless numbers.
Cavalli loves to dress the tough, modern working woman, with all her inspiring, intimidating, feminine/masculine vibes and postures, and this “dream” collection of his, in his own words, is just that another single note in the long chord of revolutionising the fashion business.
The 43 pieces in the collection (he terms them as “43 paintings”) show a lot of skin as usual, and the fine craftsmanship demonstrated the very-in “trouser” moment women are having. Dresses hung loose, lean and close to the body, and there’s the dropped-waist on the runways again, as were the seventies-inspired flared trousers but this time with laced up legs – a modern rendition to the classic trend that looked amazing.