Runway Review: Roberto Cavalli Spring 2014

Just as I was beginning to think that the fashion world was over with 20s as their go-to decade, in comes Roberto Cavalli with his latest show and messes up my entire theory. The Gatsby era is apparently alive and well on this designer's inspiration board.

The show didn't start out with flapper inspired looks, though. The first girl that stormed the runway was dressed in an exotic skin metallic leather jacket paired with low-waisted embellished pants. The craftsmanship that went into both pieces was quite impressive (as per usual).

Cavalli's versions of Daisy Buchanan came soon after and were nice enough renditions of this, by now, overwrought theme. The looks I loved the most were the smokey embroidered slip dresses with a fur stole in the same shade casually thrown over the model's shoulder.

I feel that an item that is sort of becoming a Cavalli staple is a really smart and skinny pantsuit (worn by the likes of Solange Knowles and Karolina Kurkova). Plenty of those were on show, only done in much calmer shades of green, blue and pink with the inevitable impeccable tailoring. Some of those tuxedo jackets could be considered investment pieces, because you can wear them with basically everything you have in your closet.

The looks that really evoked summer for me were the billowing caftan dresses in muted prints which gave them a vintage-y feel so perfect for lounging somewhere in the south of France.

Tuxedo jackets and cigarette pants aside, the reason most women look to Roberto Cavalli is his eveningwear and boy, they will have a lot to choose from for next spring. The gowns shown were pretty mild and tame for Cavalli - pastel hues, simple construction (a.k.a. no slits) and full coverage. What I feel were fresh additions were black and white crochet dresses that appeared as easy and light as lace. Needless to say, I'll die if I see one of Cavalli's muses rocking one of the gowns with a fur stole...preferably in July or August.  

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Photos from Style.com

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