The Milan Fashion Week spring 2016 is in full swing and we are watching every last runway show with breath held and barely contained excitement. As a child we dreamed of fashion and today we are treated with the most incredible in statements made on that catwalk, the latest of which is through the Roberto Cavalli spring/summer 2016 collection. After almost a decade without the label, Peter Dundas is again back to debut his ready-to-wear collection for Cavalli, treating us to a plethora of glamorous designs with hints o the ‘80s. The industrial style of the runway was certainly not what we expected either, the guests sitting before a good amount of scaffolding. The ladies walked down the walkway looking astounding in a sort of cowgirl stylization, what with fashioned cow prints and denim feel pieces. Of course, we had pieces that had nothing to do with that particular theme as well, intriguingly presenting us with dresses and skirts that barely passed for minis.
What we can certainly say about the general style of the pieces unveiled is that the collection includes the high waist on the denim, as well as wide sleeves. Crop tops were noticed in the mix, along with a whole slew of dresses and outfits with blazers worn over in order to balance out the shortness of the hems and to bring the focus even more on the length of the legs. Ankle cropped pants continue to rock the runway, as well as billowing trains on mini dresses which look like capes from the back. Animal prints include jaguars and timers as well as shimmering fabrics or full out tank minis with lion prints all over. We do notice some dresses with side openings and a very few long ones adorned with slits up the side. The whole train on shorter skirt deal was Cavalli’s main fashion statement and boy did we love it.
It seems that the whole of the Roberto Cavalli spring 2016 collection has a whole cowgirl meets safari life feel to it. The story we can gauge is that a country lady thirsty for adventure ventures out into the world, poses in flattering pieces and shines bright, before increasing her fame through safari expeditions where she in fact becomes one of the best known lion tamers. Of course, that might be the furthest thing from the mind of Peter Dundas, the creative director of the brand these days, but we are sticking to it. Where else would you see khaki colors and fringed handbags on a single stage?
There are a lot of shimmery fabrics, as well as a focus on showing as much skin as possible, the latter of which we were not expecting from the spring and summer collections of 2016. Single shoulder pieces, plunging necklines, asymmetrical skirts; the whole thing counters the trends we have been seeing to date, other than those plunging V-necks. There are tufts of organza here and there, with pretty lightweight fabrics being the main choice of material. Cinched waists with intriguing belts are seen throughout, while there is a huge contrast between the pieces with the puffed up shoulders and those that are fully strapless. Ruffles, trims and shiny surfaces were what made the Roberto Cavalli spring/summer 2016 collection so very pretty but nowhere near the wow factor we had been used to seeing on the Cavalli stage.
Photos courtesy of Vogue