As Italy’s debate about keeping its sartorial traditions alive in a global economy fuels the local fashion fray, Roberto Cavalli and his wife and creative partner, Eva Cavalli, unveiled a surprisingly languorous collection that, with its eclectic blend of Indian, Moorish, and Arabian nuances, felt a thousand miles away from the designer’s hometown.
In fact, it’s almost as if Lucy Honeychurch, E. M. Forster’s protagonist from Room with a View, packed up her trunks and fled Florence for Morocco, Rajasthan, or Java, along the way picking up great pairs of cropped and artfully faded jeans with colorful embroidered hems, pretty batik day dresses, and, naturally, a lot of animal prints. Cavalli’s approach to heavily patterned and fluid silk pants; loose, cropped jackets; and billowing, bohemian frocks this season felt particularly louche.
Seductive and exotic detours aside, the collection also trumpeted a savvy, practical city attitude. Cropped white pants embellished with tiny mirrors were paired with a matching top and a clean biker jacket adorned with zippers just the thing for hopping on the back of a Vespa. More of those decorated bombers were thrown casually over the house’s signature slinky, sparkly evening frocks, which carried an almost twenties influence with their intricate beading and drop-waist silhouette. They were a romantic, cool look that blended the past with the present.
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