Leather and lace.
It was all over the Florentine designer’s spring/summer 2013 runway, which brought a close to six days of the upcoming season’s previews at Milan Fashion Week.
Roberto Cavalli’s models were on the prowl, but not in the usual context you’d imagine from the rather aggressive fashion label when you put materials like leather and lace in their hands.
There was something demure about the brand’s look for next spring—negliee-like slip dresses, spaghetti strapped tunics, and printed pantsuits that look like full body paisley scarves. Forgoing raw and distressed leather, Cavalli used clean laser-cut panels contrasted alongside lace and chiffon cutouts to create more interesting and fashion forward textures that spliced together a compellingly strong yet sophisticatedly feminine narrative on the catwalk.
This was made clear with the first ensemble that pounced its way around the corner: an all white lace dress with filigree under an all white leather paneled jacket which you could picture someone like Tilda Swinton in (because you know something is “fashion forward” if you can imagine Tilda Swinton in it—it’s like a rule). There were also fantastic pale apricot negliee-like dresses with detailed leather detailing you could easily see Lana Del Rey slipping into. Peachy.
However, the designer didn’t fully abandon his penchant for animal print—there were more than enough of the designer’s signature wildlife spots and stripes intermixed with exotic kaleidoscopic jungle floral prints to tame any Cavalli devotee. Instead of expressing its fearless roar, it was more a brave meow.