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Brief Published: 27 Sep 2011

MFW S/S 2012: Roberto Cavalli – 40 Years of Glitz


Celebrating his brand's 40th anniversary, Roberto Cavalli showed his Spring/Summer 2012 collection at Milan Fashion Week yesterday. Following the traditional glitzy Cavalli aesthetic, the collection featured flashes of trademark leopard print and lace, as well as hand-worked leather and python.

Unlike previous collections, however, there was more of a lightness of touch and reserve in terms of cut and fabric clash, which made the line more relevant than it has been in several seasons. Gold sequinned dresses with 1920s flapper drop waists were Goddess worthy, while intricately embossed lace separates and dresses confirmed Cavalli's dedication to artisan skill.

Other dresses featured a pleat-look trompe l'oeil effect as fabric strips were appliqued to a contrasting underlay. Combining watercolour florals, warm animal prints and shimmering black sequin strips, Cavalli explored ways of breaking up the riotous prints. Tailoring and sharp, metallic trophy trousers kept the aesthetic strong and glamorous, with sheer, embellished bodies and corsets offering a couture-standard finish. Shift and babydoll dresses were new, girlish silhouettes for Cavalli, while heavily detailed gold and bold floral prints kept the collection reliably glamorous.

Roberto Cavalli