For the Roberto Cavalli Pre-Fall 2022 collection, Fausto Puglisi accessorized those dangerous heels with button-downs, kilts, and shirtdresses in the patchworked prints—leopard, python, and tartan—that are one of his signatures.
“I don’t want to live with the ghost of someone else,” he said, referring to the house founder’s more-is-more ethos. “I want it to be fun but at the same time wearable.”
A snakeskin intarsia dress with a portrait neckline nailed that combination well, and a catfan in a similar print shown with a turtleneck and combat boots was another timely adaptation of the brand’s aesthetic. The midi-length skirt suits were an outright departure but ones that more than satisfied the wearability factor.
Puglisi downplayed the trademark R.C. sizzle, but it materialized here and there, in the form of an all-over embroidered tiger-stripe slip dress with cutouts at the sides and even more revealing chain tops, modeled in the look book by both women and men. We’ll be watching the red carpets for those celebrity sightings.