ROBERTO CAVALLI likes his women glamorous, confident, powerful and with a wild side. Today he refuelled their wardrobes with silver alligator biker jackets and backless, body-hugging crochet dresses in black and white that were smoking hot and fabulous to watch – even for people for whom the words “backless”, “and “bodyhugging” in the same sentence would only ever refer to swimwear and only under duress.
After a Just Cavalli collection earlier in the week that erred on the side of tasteless, we hoped today would have all the bling but without dispelling Cavalli’s very particular notion of class – and it did. The skins reappeared on long, beaded, python-printed chiffon dresses that were hung with fur stoles and tied at the back of the neck with long tasselled laces. One, in degrade pink, proved Cavalli a master of delicacy, each dress as ambitious as the last – while the palette of black and white, palest pink, mint and silver underlined the point that in spite of the flesh flashing, he can do subtlety too – in his own way.
Gladiator strapped heels up to the knee gave the Cavalli woman her stride and – while we would have liked to see a little less of the glitter at times – this was a collection to show that Cavalli is still very much in his.
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