A recent trip to India inspired Roberto Cavalli's Resort 2013 collection for Just Cavalli, which explains why these garments are covered in leopard print and images of exotic flowers. All of the pieces — from a green-and-white full-length gown to baggy shorts and minidresses — are guided by Cavalli's commitment to hip-hop style, but the patterns like alligator skin and Venus flytrap prints keep the ensembles current and fresh. Cavalli's designs succeed just as well in a full-on color as they do in pure white; a few looks created of all-white pieces allow all of Cavalli's ideas to shine through without distracting from one another.
Roberto Cavalli may have mixed things up a bit for the Fall 2012 showing of his bridge line, Just Cavalli, but the collection wasn't without the designer's signature rock 'n' roll sensibilities. Models were outfitted in super-skinny trousers, mixed-media-style frocks (think houndstooth and ocelot, zebra-print and Aztec zigzags), and playfully sexy Lurex tops, lending a vibrant, lighthearted '60s spin on an otherwise rocker-cool runway show. Cavalli did bring some new silhouettes into the picture, however — he showed sleek, slouchy patent-leather pants in hues of nude, red, and gray and also introduced a tailored, oversize menswear-inspired coat with leather lapels. More details on the Just Cavalli collection below.
- Trends: Patent leather, fitted trousers, and, of course, animal prints.
- Colors: Black, camel, red, nude, olive, forest green.
- Key Piece: The allover leopard-print cape with bronze leggings; the champagne-colored dress dripping with paillettes.
- Accessories: Glitter-covered ankle booties and mixed-print drawstring satchels.
- Who Would Wear It: Cavalli connoisseurs like Miley Cyrus and Fergie.
>> It wouldn't be Cavalli without a heavy dose of animal print. This season, the ocelot and leopard covered '60s drop-waist dresses, wide-leg crop pants, and high-neck blouses. Adding to the playful spirit was a plethora of super-shiny patent, shimmering lamé, and metallic leather.
The sexy, slightly boho, total glamour of Roberto Cavalli's younger line was on full display for Spring 2012. There were flirty minidresses, slim beaded jackets paired with chiffon blouses, skinny, ultra low-rise pants with exaggerated leather stitching, and billowing chiffon printed gowns. We loved the slim, tailored silhouette of the denim, making it a chic evening option when elevated with the appropriate textures — lamé, ornate beading, chiffon. Like Olivier Theyskens did with Theory, Cavalli executed here: making urban everyday wear just a bit more dressed up.
- Trends: beading, fringe, the dressy jacket, chiffon gowns.
- Colors: Peach, gold, baby blue, yellow.
- Key Look: A peach and gold pants/jacket combo, the baby blue beaded jacket.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls who love effortless day-to-night transition wear with some glam thrown in: think Rihanna or Kate Moss.
>> Pre-Fall 2011 collections have been rolling out, with focus squarely on the clothes. And justifiably so — designers like them because they sell extra-well, and we're game because we always like something new to look at. But lest we forget our favorite finishing touches, may we present the best Pre-Fall 2011 accessory offerings thus far, including Oscar de la Renta's feathered confections, left, and Jason Wu's Elsa Schiaparelli-inspired cigarette heels. Peruse the slideshow for more from the likes of Burberry, Michael Kors, and Rag & Bone.
>> As Milan Fashion Week stretches on and the buildup to Paris begins, more top girls keep coming out of the woodwork: first there was Raquel Zimmermann in her first appearance of the season at Gucci, then Sasha Pivovarova at D&G, and now Kinga Rajzak staging a runway comeback — see her backstage at Max Mara and Versace, plus catch a behind the scenes look at Bottega Veneta, Emporio Armani, Just Cavalli, and Antonio Marras.
Photos: Greg Kessler