With Florentine flourish, Roberto Cavalli sent forth a youthful, vibrant collection for sister line Just Cavalli at Milan Fashion Week. His beautiful home city of Florence, Italy provided dozens of reference points for the collection, which he developed into statue-printed frocks and marbled knits. However, Cavalli found a way to make ancient ruins and classic art pieces into relevant looks for the modern girl. With a nod to Manhattan in the 1980s and the works of subway graffiti artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat and the blocky collage knits of Koos Van Den Akker, Cavalli was able to tap into the energy of a modern art movement to flesh out his luxe, hip designs. He paired bicycle shorts with multi-colored furs, and silky printed blouses with low-slung, slim-cut trousers that sprouted a healthy amount of leather fringe at the hip. Patchwork blazers in neon yellow and grey, flirty striped skirts, and brocade embroidered separates were also used to blend the Old World and the New. Additionally, Cavalli presented supremely radical outerwear unlike anything he’s produced before: there were crackled gold metallic, funnel-necked jackets with enormous grommet details along the sleeves, blazers presented with enormous pheasant crest embroidery and zip-off pockets, and technicolor neon tie-dye toppers. Cavalli’s adventurous venture embraced more artistic, avant-garde notions for ready-to-wear, and the results are the ultimate in luxe street style.
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