Roberto Cavalli’s Spring/Summer 2015 presentation, arguably the best he’s ever done, doesn’t abandon the fun, maximal style he’s known for – instead, it elevates it. There’s a certain type of woman that relies on Cavalli for her wardrobe. Call her a professional club girl or a rock star, just don’t call her late to the party. Yet, for Spring/Summer 2015, something shifted and Cavalli developed his signature aesthetic into couture-like creations that summoned to mind names like Balmain and Fendi. Up close, his exquisite floor-scraping gowns and summery separates were embellished with breathtaking details. This season, Cavalli proves that refined fashion and excess are not mutually exclusive ideas.
The opening dress dazzles with a watery print in high contrast hues, which falls into a knife-pleated skirt decorated with folded satin ribbons and sheer paneling near the hemline. Amid the searing summer shades of his early looks, Cavalli introduces allover black dresses and separates that feature the same type of knife-pleating and sheer paneling. This motif develops into a stunning reptile skin halterneck that ends in a sheer skirt decorated with bands of glossy leather. From the haute hippie dresses and edgy urbanite separates that started the show, Cavalli transitions into a stunning series of romantic, dreamy looks. Whether fully embroidered or fully beaded with crystal paillettes, there is something magical about this portion of the show. Even when turning to more iconic statement pieces like multi-colored leopard print tunic dresses or gauzy zebra print gowns, there is a sense of sophistication at work. It’s clear that this is Cavalli at his best.
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