Reviving a dead name is always much more of a challenge than one might imagine. Fausto Puglisi has done an homage to the collection’s founder and namesake. Of course, when you read the Phelps review you are once again reminded that she has no idea about who she writes about as Mr. Cavalli started out doing printed suede looks at astronomical prices.click image to enlarge
The is a collection which certainly draws heavily on the brand’s DNA perhaps to the point over kill on many levels. Yes, Cavalli made overtly sexy clothes, yes, he used lots of leopard and animal prints but his collections were exciting and this collection lacks that spark even though there are some true winners, but there is a repetition factor to be considered.click image to enlarge
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Oh, then there is that other thing that Ms. Phelps seems to know more than Dr. Fauci as to when this pandemic will end which sort of blows her review out of the water and into the sewer. Harsh as that sounds you have to ask yourself where is one wearing these clothes if not some major event and that is not foreseen in the near future anywhere in the world.click image to enlarge
So, from a purely esthetic standpoint, Puglisi did a good job on his freshman outing but what are the odds of its retailability? Granted you can pick it apart for some “hot” pieces but once again can that target audience afford the luxury of the newly reinvented Roberto Cavalli? Designers today must face the reality of the times we are living in and no one has come up with any definitive time lines or happy endings!