Milan Fashion Week: Roberto Cavalli channels Cher
Under the Peace Arch in Milan, with a leafy greenhouse for a backdrop, Roberto Cavalli marked his 40th year in business by going back to his roots, as a designer who elevated leathers, animal prints, fringe and feathers to high fashion.
The show was a vision of rock 'n' roll goddesses, dressed in flared python pants clinging to the body with the help of row after row of delicate suede laces: luxurious crocodile jackets in snug-fitting shapes; airy animal print chiffon maxi dresses with intricate crochet string bodices, and boho bags dangling fringe, feather and horn talismans.
It was a boho luxe slice of the 1970s (hello, Cher!) that we hadn't yet seen this season, when the Me Decade inspired countless designers.
As it was at Dolce & Gabbana, this was a collection about the details -- an ode to Florentine handcraft. And these details weren't to be believed -- chiffon seamlessly worked with leather, and animal spots made from pale sequin embroideries.
Taylor Swift, Leona Lewis, Rachel Bilson and Heidi Klum were just a few of the celebrities who flocked to the front row to see Cavalli's wearable art. And no doubt many more will join him at Paris Fashion Week, when he hosts a black tie gala to celebrate.
-- Booth Moore
Photos: Looks from the Roberto Cavalli Spring-Summer 2011 runway collection shown during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson & Peter Stigter / For The Times.