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Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli is the epitome of glamourous, party-ready gowns. Staying true to its extravaganza, animal prints and exotic shades are never far away. Paul Surridge was recently appointed creative direction.

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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 spring/summer 2018

Creative director Paul Surridge honoured Cavalli’s iconic aesthetic in his SS18 presentation, but did so in his own way. The label’s trademark extravaganza – characterized by animal prints and ritzy motifs – punctuated the collection, but Surridge opted to tone down the craze just a bit. As often in the Italian brand’s glamourous shows, party-ready gowns stood front and centre. Long lengths were featured in both suits and dresses, while safari-inspired prints led each fabric to make a statement of its own. Transparent detailing alternated mid-riff bearing cut-outs, adding a seductive charm while layered suits proved there’s nothing as versatile as a well-tailored blazer. Roberto Cavalli’s multifaceted use of material showed in all-leather looks, while feminine and whimsical ensembles highlighted the label’s distinctly feminine side, complete with crystal-embellished tops and stunning asymmetrical necklines that will surely be a fashion-pack favourite for many seasons to come.