It was a blur of accordion pleats, bright patterns and glossy python on the Roberto Cavalli catwalk on Saturday. The fast paced show looked to be going for instant impact rather than reposed reflection.
But isn't that exactly what women go to Cavalli for- outfits that demand attention?
If the models had ever slowed down enough for more then a passing glance, guest would have been able to spot - and more fully appreciated- the designer's attention to details and talent for complex embellishments. They surely would have welcomed a closer look at the flirty beaded halter dresses, the pleated skirts, crafted from strips of of sheer organza and the worn-in denim pieces with their strategically placed tears, backed by shimmering jacquard fabrics.
As it was, the show's message of clothing inspired by travel to distant sunny locations was lost in the rush. Instead the collection felt more like a mishmash of different designs that Cavalli has honed and refined over the years. More a well curated wardrobe of ensembles that one could easily imagine a glamours woman throwing into a suitcase, as she rushes out of the door to catch her flight to a sun soaked destination.