It has been a rough year for Roberto Cavalli, which not only is moving its offices from Milan to Florence, but also had to depart its way from now former creative director Peter Dundas. The Roberto Cavalli pre-fall 2017 collection, presented in the brand’s sales showroom earlier this week, is the first collection designed after Dundas’ departure and, as it often happens whenever a fashion house gets under turmoil, it catapults us back to Roberto Cavalli’s origins.
Both the Roberto Cavalli and the Just Cavalli pre-fall 2017 collections deeply pay homage to the Italian fashion house’s heritage, both in terms of signature patterns and vivacious colors. Although meant to reach different target audiences, namely a more mature and a millennial one accordingly, these newly unveiled Roberto Cavalli and Just Cavalli pre-fall 2017 lineups tell similar stories, which may (or may not!) give us a glimpse of Roberto Cavalli’s forthcoming rebirth in the fashion industry.
With a solid mantra that was strict to a “back to the roots” motif, the Roberto Cavalli pre-fall 2017 collection traces us back to the Seventies just to complement each look with Roberto Cavalli’s standard Nineties-approved sultry styles.
One of the first designers to offer a high fashion combination of glamour and rock, Roberto Cavalli’s in-house creative team had plenty of sources of inspiration to turn to while creating the lineup’s staples, yet surely felt the responsibility to try to honor such an imposing legacy.
Roberto Cavalli’s rocker side got thus translated to omnipresent sleek materials, utilized to refinish most of the suits, sequined embroideries and, of course, floral patterns, which act as a common fil rouge between the collection’s glam-rock side and its more sinuously high fashion one.
The latter, which copiously reminds of signature Seventies looks, is all about airy volumes, casual-chic outfits (those who love a good pair of one-of-a-kind jeans will surely have something to add to their future wish lists), and floor-length dresses, with a predilection for roomy tunics.
Embellished with butterfly sleeves, botanical patterns and sheer appliqués, tunics are the Roberto Cavalli pre-fall 2017 collection’s protagonists indeed, as they function as a sort of coherent continuum between Roberto Cavalli’s legacy and its (still unknown) future.
Other appealing staples include elegant jackets in dusty rose velvet and with furry trims, as well as fur jackets dipped in Cavalli’s iconic animal patterns, which could be channeled either with a glam rock outfit or a more elegant one.
As for the latter, Roberto Cavalli’s in-studio team opted to treat us to Seventies-inspired casual-chic dresses, the flared, roomy silhouettes of which have got dynamically revamped with layers of frilled ruches. The Roberto Cavalli pre-fall 2017 collection appears to be strong on the accessory line as well, with suede high-thigh boots, pointy ankle boots and mini handbags dominating the scene.
Who will take Peter Dundas’ place? While waiting for the answer, we guess we will be enjoying a few more standard Cavalli collections!
Photos courtesy of Vogue