Roberto Cavalli FW 2011/12 Fashion Show

“I want to tell women that the time has come for each of them to become designers of their own look. I created clothes made up of many layers – soft and structured. I want to express a new femininity that is already living in the future. My woman for next winter could become the ideal host who accompanies us on a shuttle, voyaging towards new worlds in Space”.

Roberto Cavalli

A light illuminates the body. A light outlines it. A light sculpts the female anatomy and transforms it, making it futuristic, ready to undertake an adventure of a new sensuality.
The silhouette is made up of both hard and soft layers and made precious with embroidery.
Long sleeved tops are worn with long skinny pants covered in metallic embroidery in shades of gold, silver copper and iron, layered with mousseline dresses printed with all the animalier textures of the Cavalli world as a background to the protagonist snake print. The shine of metal illuminates the light fabric of the dresses.
And if the starting point is an armor of light that redesigns the body, the Roberto Cavalli collection evolves into long loose dresses in devoré velvet, with baroque embroideries on laser-cut leather, jackets, and school-boy waistcoats made super-feminine by nipped waists and cuts. Jackets in an oval shape are enriched by metallic embroidery that designs a stylized serpent shape on the borders and on the shoulders.
The dark colors are interrupted by the red and azure of short fluid mousseline dresses that fall loosely on the body, and exalt with transparencies.
Fox fur vests worn with long dresses or feather jackets worn over short dresses.
Metal bijoux encased in silicone are designed to form stylized reptile scales, rigid metal belts encircle the waist as if in an embrace, the metal of the bracelets illuminates a fabric layer of reptile-print mousseline, as it does in the clothes. And just as the jewelry is modular, so are the georgette scarves, long strips on which 300 tiny covered buttons can be arranged and rearranged at will, until they become personally re-invented pieces of an outfit in constant evolution. And finally the shoes, in a moccasin form that functions to better exalt the astuteness of a 14-cm horn-shaped heel, a height that is hardly mitigated by a small handmade platform of metal and leather worked with stitching to simulate the bezels of crocodile skin.
The Diva bag, launched in Spring Summer 2011, has in a short while become one of the “It” bags of the season, appears on the Fall Winter runway, reinterpreted according to this collections themes. In its small or “mini” version, it gets treated with heat prints and metallic “all over” embroideries and anatomic details, tone on tone.
A collection that has an unprecedented and futuristic mission: construct something new in a body made of light.

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