IF you’re looking for fierce tiger, zebra and leopard prints, knitted dresses streaming in long silken tassels, and sizzling ombré plissé goddess gowns hot enough to spark wet sand, then Roberto Cavalli is your go-to; he had it all in spades. There’s no mistaking the Cavalli customer, she’s the one in Cannes dancing on super yachts until the small hours – those tassels will look just marvelous in motion – but this season she’s looking for love, not just a good time. Poetic blouses with ruffled bibs and frilly cuffs cinched in ribbons added an air of romance to proceedings, so too those scarf prints spread over wafty bohemian maxi dresses and voluminous silk jumpsuits.
Other highlights included a brief military moment, with fur-hooded khaki pony skin parkas, cargo mini skirts in corduroy and boxy officer jackets punctuated in gold conical buttons. Denim too got an outing – remember, the fabric was a Cavalli starting point in the early Seventies – here it was patchworked together, and elsewhere covered in black micro sequins – ideal for catching those lights on dance floors the world over. It’s apt that the Italian house should revisit denim and patchwork, perhaps it was a moment to look back; this season is quite possibly Eva and Roberto Cavalli’s last. Rumors are circling that the sale of a majority stake is imminent and that Pucci’s Peter Dundas is tapped to take the helm.