This season’s collection is the first collection designed after Dundas’ departure pay homage to the Italian fashion house’s heritage, both in terms of signature patterns and vivacious colors.
The Roberto Cavalli Pre-Fall 2017 collection was inspired by the Seventies complimenting each look with the brand’s standard Nineties-approved sultry styles.
One of the first designers to offer a high fashion combination of glamour and rock, Roberto Cavalli’s in-house creative team had plenty of sources of inspiration to turn to while creating the lineup’s staples, yet surely felt the responsibility to try to honor such an imposing legacy.
Roberto Cavalli’s rocker side got thus translated to omnipresent sleek materials, utilized to refinish most of the suits, sequined embroideries and floral patterns giving way to the collection’s glam-rock side and its more sinuously high fashion.
The latter, which copiously reminds of signature Seventies looks, is all about airy volumes, casual-chic outfits (those who love a good pair of one-of-a-kind jeans will surely have something to add to their future wish lists), and floor-length dresses, with a predilection for roomy tunics.
Embellished with butterfly sleeves, botanical patterns and sheer appliqués, tunics are the collection’s protagonists indeed, as they function as a sort of coherent continuum between Roberto Cavalli’s legacy.
Other appealing staples include elegant jackets in dusty rose velvet and with furry trims, as well as fur jackets dipped in Cavalli’s iconic animal patterns, which could be channeled either with a glam rock outfit or a more elegant one.
As for the latter, Roberto Cavalli’s in-studio team opted to treat us to Seventies-inspired casual-chic dresses, the flared, roomy silhouettes of which have got dynamically revamped with layers of frilled ruches. With suede high-thigh boots, pointy ankle boots and mini handbags dominating the scene, the collection showcases a strong accessory range.