Women’s Wear Daily
04.17.2014

Spring Ready-to-Wear 2009

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli Collection

Roberto Cavalli RTW Spring

What is up chez Cavalli? The former jungle lothario has moved out of the wild and into more civilized territory. And he’s a bit of a bull in a china shop.

Roberto Cavalli RTW Spring 2009
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What is up chez Cavalli? Apparently the former jungle lothario has moved out of the wild and into more civilized territory. And he’s a bit of a bull in a china shop. Like Paris’ Opéra Garnier last season and the Hall of Mirrors before that, spring’s backdrop, a grand Tuscan garden of sculpted shrubbery, was irrelevant to the clothes — at least to the first group, a series of white chiffons, short and flirty or completely covered-up dresses, appointed with baby blue and pale pink bandana prints. If Cavalli thought making otherwise covered-up Bo-Peep stuff completely see-through was a clever conduit for sexy/sweet or opulent — well, think again. Likewise for the stiff, sculpted Marie Antoinette styles, which were chopped off thigh-high and bustled like a bunny tail — perfect for a Versailles theme party at the Playboy Mansion.

 

Then, from out of nowhere, slinky black columns, provocatively cut out and affixed with bold geometric jewelry, segued to sweeping psychedelic dresses — the most traditionally Cavalli-esque. Or maybe not anymore. 

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