Roberto Cavalli Pre Fall 2014 Womenswear Collection innate passion for nature is expressed through the use of iconic animal prints which become unique and innovative thanks to an original style and refined colors. The designer’s opulent, luxurious and sensual creations are realized with a precious artisanal craftsmanship which pays homage to the Florentine heritage. The classic leopard print is incised and enriched, opticalized, pleated and folded and alternated by stripes which create a trompe l’oeil effect resulting in inlays or entwined by sinuous lines in a sophisticated palette of smoky grey, tobacco, black and white.The zebra print takes on a pixellated and digitalized figure as it’s shattered in thousands of fragments. The tiger print unveils smoky watercolor hues and the wolf print dissolves in the refined mélange tones of grey and neutrals.
In the recurring floral motifs, the flowers are psychedelic. The vibrant chromaticity of ruby red, sapphire blue and emerald green characterize the exotic tapestries, which are sometimes embroidered, and the audacious jacquard knitwear with an incredible array of astounding overlays. Fierce mythological creatures such as griffins, eagles with snake tails, hippogriffs or dragons enhance the precious jewels, highlight the necklines of the dresses, embellish the belts and come to life through luxurious leather applications on the form-fitting evening gowns. They are transformed in patchworks on jumpers and bomber jackets or illuminated thanks to amazing knitted ultra-thin jacquard in gold and silver lurex.
This collection presents a strong element of sensuality. Captivating outlines with asymmetric and spiral cuts follow the natural movement of the body. Bias-cut dresses are brought to life through the pleats and lines opening on the sides, skirts enveloping the woman’s legs become longer and characterized by avant-garde lateral extremities, pleats and creases enhance even the simplest items of the collection.
The silhouette is sophisticated, precise and blended with the eclectic graphics of the prints which seem to follow, envelop and unveil the body. The soft volumes featured on coats and knitwear are mixed with slim and fluid dresses and pants. The materials are exquisite: light silks, compact wools, cashmere mix textures, alpaca jacquards, French brocades, furs, leather and shearling meticulously crafted to emphasize volumes and overlappings. Unique and extravagant details are featured on the shoes adorned with studs and defined by wing-bearing shapes or snake-shaped sculptures wrapped around the heels. Even the Regina bag, the season’s ‘Hero-bag’ is designed in different versions such as satchel, clutch, tote and hobo and detailed with opulent studded motifs. The Cavalli woman represents the beauty, strength, courage, pride and elegance of a daring and charismatic appeal.