Just Cavalli Autumn Winter 2014 Show Report: Renaissance Rock

20 February 2014 by

Roberto Cavalli said that his new collection mined the patrimony of Florentine Old Master painting and architecture - as seen through his own contemporary Italian eyes. Rennaisance Rock it was called and he's the rock part of the equation, clearly. Florence is also his home town.

The marble geometries  of the facade of Santa Maria Novella - one of that city's most famous churches  - appeared printed across skinny trousers and cropped jacket's. The head of Michelangelo's Aurora peeped out from between a mish-mash of more stripes and animal prints.

More Rock Baroque in flavour, strictly speaking  - and that is perhaps only to be expected here - were a gold fringed cropped leather jacket and equally high-octane trousers. Cavalli's girls will think nothing of teaming them with thigh-high suede boots - also fringed from behind.

The patchwork and collage that looks set to be everywhere next season was prominent on this runway also. At this point colour heightened and florals made an appearance but of the hyper-real over and above the delicate variety.

Cavalli's is not a style for the shy. This, his younger and more accessibly priced line is especially short of hemline and conscious of the body within. A bright, breezy and bold first impression aside, attention to detail and craftsmanship are always part of the story. With that in mind, leopard print came hand painted and in seven rainbow shades on grey; necklines were edged with gold chain.


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