Saturday, September 21, 2013

Roberto Cavalli Spring 2014 Milan Collections

I think a pig just flew by my window!!!  Mr. Cavalli offered up a much more refined version of his eponymous brand this season and by that I just mean it is not a screaming riot of colors and patterns.  The collection is softly rendering but with all the Cavalli bells and whistles albeit no leopard that I can see.

Yes, the collection is embellished to a fare thee well but then again, what else would one expect here? What I found so appealing is the softness of color and the somewhat ethereal quality despite the beading and accessories.  The 20’s influence is here and the easier more relaxed shapes of the clothes make them even more appealing.  From the tasseled bag to elongated necklaces to the chemises and “flapperesque” shapes, this is Cavalli at his most refined and luxurious.  I am sure the fassholes will hate it!

Spring must have signaled a greater usage of python as Mr. Cavalli uses it generously.  It is interesting it has turned up in various preceding collections, most notably in Ralph Rucci’s far more unadorned collection.

Collections like this open the door for a designer to meet a new client, as long as they can, of course, afford the candy it he candy store!  The one thing that hasn’t changed is that the Cavalli woman is not shy and she has to be some sort of good shape to wear these frocks but this season he is more forgiving in his propensity for body skimming rather than second skin.