Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Roberto cavalli's glam-slam hit
Gold fever hit the Milan runway with Roberto Cavalli’s ode to empire.
Roberto Cavalli: what a rush. Gold rush, that is. From the moment the first look revealed itself from behind smoky sheer screens – an outrageously embellished gilt blazer worn over a short, pleated floral skirt – it was clear that this collection would be a Cavalli hit. Part flapper, part rock chic, part Arabian princess, the combination of pretty silk dresses in colourful prints and hard-edged tuxedo dressing is a hard one to resist.
There was never a chance that the legendary label’s signature leopard print would be left out of the spotlight, this time integrated with lavish scarf prints, while white python stamped leather appeared almost like lace when worked into jackets and second-skin trousers, later appearing in black and gold. Chunky metal wrist cuffs and heavy black lacquered wedges accessorised the look.
If the makeshift scaffolding surrounding chandeliers suspended above the runway was anything to go by, the glamour was bound to eventually fracture. Sure enough, the dresses that followed appeared in glorious stages of deterioration. Beautiful yet seemingly decaying silk florals gave way to cobwebs of ebony beaded Chantilly lace creeping down the length of backless negligee gowns.
Hanging loose from the shoulders and hugging hips before cascading to the floor in soigné folds, the dresses would surely have piqued the interest of rock royal Courtney Love who sat front row, as would the cream tulle gowns embroidered with jet beads masquerading as full body tattoos. Gold tiaras hinted that this was a regal heiress in line to inherit a crumbling empire, but if this was the case then she was going out in style.
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