Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2016

by The Daily Front Row

Seventies glam rock! Roberto Cavalli’s Peter Dundas let it roll with a collection of wild prints and all kinds of silhouettes inherent to the era from bell bottoms and velvet to Sgt. Pepper-style pieces and snakeskin patchwork. Some pieces even featured Led Zeppelin cover art, and the zebra print and leopard furs will surely be loved by Cavalli’s clientele. For the brand’s sauciest minxes there were plenty of sheer panty-revealer gowns and plunging keyhole necklines. And what’s not to love about that floor-sweeping denim coat?

But there were some high-minded ideas behind all of that noise—graphics mixed imagery from Gustav Klimt, Aubrey Beardsley, and Alphonse Mucha. Embroideries were inspired by René Lalique and some motifs throughout the collection were derived from the occult of Aleister Crowley. And a few gowns were inspired by historical costumes worn by silent film siren, Theda Bara. Cavalli’s cult following of fierce women who like to play up their sex appeal will have plenty to work with here.

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