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Roberto Cavalli

Founded by Florence-born designer Roberto Cavalli, the Italian house has become the epitome of glamourous and sexy party-ready gowns. Staying true to the label’s extravaganza snakeskin, animal prints and exotic shades are never far away. English designer Paul Surridge was recently appointed Creative Director of Cavalli. 

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About the designer

Roberto Cavalli, born in Florence in 1940, has become the epiphany of Italian extravaganza. He undertook textile studies at the Art Institute in the heart of Tuscany and quickly became fascinated by prints and embroidery. In 1972 he launched his own label after working for exquisite houses such as Hermès and Pierre Cardin. In 2013 he received an award from the Domus Academy in Milan for his outstanding work for the Italian fashion scène. Cavalli also diversified his brand portfolio into different lines and sector transforming it into a complete lifestyle. Today, Paul Surridge will take on the position of Creative Director. The former Acne Studios creative consultant will show his first collection in September for SS18.

Collection autumn/winter 2017

With no new creative director at the helm appointed yet to head up Roberto Cavalli after Peter Dundas’ departure, the AW17 collection was designed by the anonymous atelier team. Currently, no longer under the pervasive spell of Dundas' seventies mania, the talented team created a collection of couture-worthy silhouettes that spared cost nor effort. Taking inspiration from Cavalli's earliest leather and jeans patchwork designs, snakeskin and animal prints were at the basis of this collection. Off-white and black long sheer fitted dresses richly layered and embellished with sequins, ostrich feathers and crystals were elegantly cinched by metallic belts. A sheer black dress with burnt orange reptile-like patches stood out in contrast. Floor-length wool trousers topped with wildly textured shearling jackets made for strong wintery silhouettes that will also look stunning off the red carpet.