If anyone was going to take the slip dress trend and run with it for Spring/Summer 2014, you can trust that it would be Roberto Cavalli. The designer’s penchant for racy garb has a long history, but this collection comes tinged with sophisticated touches like fur stoles, gorgeous printed trousers with a low-slung waist, and plenty more beyond the realm of sensuality. Cavalli trades drape for cling, and his elegantly appointed collection was keen to make a fan out of nonbelievers.
The theme centered around “Cavalliwood”, a befitting choice for apparel that belongs firmly on the toned bodies of Rodeo Drive acolytes. Cavalli’s goal has always been to make women look sexy, but he also helps them move beyond surface appearances to more meaningful traits like “cultured bohemian” in his breezy printed kaftans and “business savvy” in his ivory tailored blazers and wicked little studded black jackets. Cavalli’s client will also appreciate the ease of jackets, blouses, and trousers shown in a tone-on-tone take on beaded python.
At times, the daywear selection could have been plucked from a privileged sorority girl’s closet as far as silhouettes and drape, but it’s the dreamy neutral tones and luxurious fabrics that make the Cavalli mark. After the technicolor prints of the London runways, Cavalli’s subdued versions are something of a visual oasis. Eveningwear is where his darker, more detailed looks come into play, with lacy, body-hugging dresses that take center stage, alongside grommeted and studded trousers, fur toppers, and dreamy beaded gowns. Cavalli’s light touch made a lasting impression for the upcoming season.
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