Just Cavalli; What’s Going On?

Just Cavalli, the younger sibling of designer Roberto Cavalli’s eponymous label, swept through Milan to breathe new live into the 1970s-inspired designs that we have been seeing over and over again this season. Vibrant and full of a youthful buzz, these were typically exotic Cavalli creations; and will surely find mass appeal among the young bohemian crowds of the social-media age.

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Patterns were not exactly clashing, but they were harmoniously varied for a clean, patchwork-hippy aesthetic. Cavalli avoided his signature animal print, instead turning to chain links, daisies and hearts, all rendered in the beautiful palette of blue-greens and purple-reds.

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The designs were pretty, but they still managed to pack a sexy, slightly wild, punch. The trend for sheer blouses and tops was back, whilst elsewhere scarves wrapped around torsos like halter tops, and skirts and dresses were slit daringly high up the leg. These were may have been clothes for the flower child, but you’d be more likely to find them in the wardrobes of today’s hedonistic festival-goers, rather than hanging from spaced-out seventies hippies.

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Little slips of dresses trimmed in lace evoked a lingerie-like aesthetic, whilst by contrast jackets paired with low-slung flares felt more mannish in terms of their tailoring and slightly slouchy silhouettes.

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I’m usually not a huge fan of floating, Woodstock-inspired clothes, but there’s a great deal to love about Just Cavalli’s latest offerings, even if this isn’t your usual vibe. The mix of patterns  feels nothing short of perfection (it’s Cavalli, how could it not be?) and the contemporary touches in each design bring these looks sharply up to date. The colour palette is alluringly oppulent, without being garish, and the attention to detail is stunning; this is indeed haute bohemian at its very finest.

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