The Fall 2017 Roberto Cavalli collection was shown up the renaissance staircase of the Palazzo Crespi and in a lavish static exhibition that looked like Parisian haute couture. An anonymous team has been filling in since the departure of Dundas and though the style has been steered well away from his taste for the 1970s hippie flair, the managerial enthusiasm and the budget for elaborating clothes has manifestly not been toned down.
The Fall 2017 collection had materials such as snakeskin and animal print as the starting point. Strips of python, chiffon-printed leopard print, tortoiseshell, sequins, ostrich feathers and crystals were intricately embroidered on sheer bodycon gowns. There were short dresses elaborated with graphic and padded patterns in the configuration of the scales of reptile skin. This process was repeated three times over in white, neutral and black.
The color palette of the show was white, ivory, beige, gold, black, burnt orange, Mars red, brown, grey, tan and eggplant purple.
Some of the best looks were the ivory dresses completely made of lace, the ivory bustiers with sharply cut pants and dramatic fur boleros and the very same looks, except in black at then end of the show. There was something very Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy’s haute couture about this collection, which of course I absolutely adored, since I am a major fan of Givenchy as well as Ricardo Tisci’s ethereally beautiful and light weight dresses and his leather pants and corsets he used to do for the French fashion house.
The overall look of the show was a deeply dark and romantic jaw-droppingly gorgeous collection that was and is immediately lust-worthy and would make the most adamant hater of Cavalli fall head over heels for their clothes. I know I am hooked… and I generally hate Cavalli! Gone is the tackiness of the Cavalli of yesteryear… this edit was both incredibly chic and sophisticated!