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Spring decorations and bold prints

Roberto Cavalli‘s universe is full of nostalgic references and novel visions, mixed into a composite of prints and light fabrics that mirror a world replete with flowers, colours, prints and patterns inspired by the 70s, yet perfect for spring 2018.

Once more, Peter Dundas explores Roberto Cavalli’s fantastic world. For spring 2018, the designer has imagined a journey through successive eras, styles and worlds, from Imperial Japan to America, from the Victorian period to the 70s, from the British tailors to the last rock concert in Coachella. The Roberto Cavalli collection is a panoply of references and images, a puzzle made up of different settings, a series of visions in which everything is mixed up and subverted, and where velvet blends with denim, prints and Navajo fabrics are combined with precious brocades, and kimonos in rustling silk are worn over military cargo trousers.

Wide-cut trousers alternate with fluid dresses and an elongated silhouette. Long voluminous hoods and kimonos are matched with sombre jackets and latest-fad bomber jackets. As always, the devil is in the detail – wooden heeled clogs are embellished with small coloured rainbows; bags are embroidered and maxi jewels are inspired by Victorian times and ethnic flavours.

Roberto Cavalli presents an out-and-out Italian sense of glamour. The maison was founded in the 70s and to this day exudes the excessive and exotic aesthetics that was typical in those years, continuing to produce a panoply of bright colours, provocative designs and lively animal prints which have been the making of the brand’s consistent success.