It was all systems go (slash “gold”) at Roberto Cavalli. Ultra sexy, ultra sequined warrior goddesses stormed the dimly chandelier-lit runway two by two in the decadent Arco de Pace venue. Cavalli is all about female sexuality unbridled, of the sort that appeals to both men and women, it’s about putting flesh on display, but in a way that empowers and strengthen the women that wear it—you could see it in the models’ faces as each strutted with extra pout and stride.
Nothing casual about this collection (the Cavalli woman is not one who really knows the meaning of the word “dress down,” that’s what Just Cavalli is for) what could best be described as “daywear” amounted to a selection of flirty swinging gold foil mini-skirts teamed with heavily embellished tailored jackets in Baroque patterns and bold pinks overlaid with gold paillete and the odd power pencil trouser suit (also, of course, trimmed with gold embellishment).
Embellishment, one of the overriding themes of the Italian week, was the crowning glory of this collection; each and every look was about as adorned as the ornate chandeliers looming larger than Murano-life above the mile-long runway. Where assorted sequins and paillettes weren’t crusted armour-like onto mini dresses, the same effect more or less was achieved with print, signature leopard, of course, as well as a mix and matching of Baroque motifs in rich colours.
But then came the stunning evening gowns, truly worthy of the grandeur of the setting and red carpet winners each and every one proving that when it comes to hard-core glitz and glamour, Italian style, Cavalli truly still is king. Beading and appliqué was hand-applied to sheer chiffon body-hugging floor-length gowns, creating an almost tattoo-like effect and also once again referencing the interplay of crystal, air and light of the beautiful chandeliers.
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