The backdrop of the Roberto Cavalli show was whipped up to look like the sound stage on a Hollywood studio back lot. Klieg lights and mirrored column designed to intensify their glare, were ready and waiting for a leading lady to alight from her dressing room.
Then the sights and sounds of a flickering film coming to life enveloped the audience. And finally it was lights, camera, action as the models took to the catwalk in living, breathing embodiments of sliver screen sirens. Dresses top to bottom in silvery hues the first 9 exits, from a ruffled baby doll dress to python print pants and coordinating snake skin jacket, shimmered down the runway. Each one embellished with lace or beading, or a bit of leather fringe, or often all three. For this is a Cavalli collection and Cavalli knows how to cut entrance making outfits.
When the designer did bring color into the show it was done with a light hand, mostly pastel pinks, minty greens and creamy whites. Of course black also had its moment to shine - particularly when covered with an intricate web of sliver beading. A design feature - along with the fur stoles – that gave a large portion of this collection a touch 1920s glamour.
There was a rather loose and languid energy to this collection, filled as it was with floating reptile skin patterned caftans, sparkling tunics and bead incrusted gowns. Even the designer’s usually skin tight trousers looked like they had a bit more wiggle room.
This was a collection that is more then ready for its close up with the Cavalli customer.
Daria Shapovalova at Milan Fashion Week S/S 2014: Roberto Cavalli and Just Cavalli