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Chris Mitchell, Pilar Guzman, Lanessa Elrod, Stefano Tonchi.

Roberto Cavalli: Attitude, Drama, and a Whole Lot of Freedom

Ball skirts, cutouts, frills, and a whole lot of other youthful details graced us in Roberto Cavalli’s spring/summer 2016 show at Milan Fashion Week. Through efforts to resurface Cavalli’s fresh, free, and dramatic woman, the Italian fashion house offered a variety of looks, both effortlessly familiar and spitefully new.

Roberto Cavalli’s creative director, Peter Dundas, in an array of flavorful day and night garments, has respectfully reinvigorated the label’s fundamental elements, and has redefined the Cavalli woman of today. Serving as the 21st century’s new “neutral,” denim blue made a bold appearance next to terracotta, limoncello, washes of Aegean turquoise, and of course, a multitude of exotic prints.

Chris Mitchell, Pilar Guzman, Lanessa Elrod, Stefano Tonchi.

Chris Mitchell, Pilar Guzman, Lanessa Elrod, Stefano Tonchi.

Denim and leather vests, jackets, and sweatshirts were paired with flowy skirts with trains, mix-and-match prints, and mini-dresses alike. Beading on tulle, soft-as-velvet leather, and treated denim were seen offsetting details in tie-dyed silk taffeta, embroidered chains, and burnt-out patterns in suede.

Pegasus—the mythical symbol of freedom—was the collection’s central motif: ideologically, metaphorically, and aesthetically. There’s a free, new language for luxury, and Cavalli spring/summer 2016 is it.

Robert Cavalli spring/summer 2016

 

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