Three seasons in, and Fausto Puglisi has completely unleashed the animal spirits that have long been synonymous with this brand.
Puglisi, who described the brand’s 82-year-old founder Roberto Cavalli as “a king of relaxed majesty”, said it was “the first real Cavalli collection” and was happy to draw anyone, regardless of age, in the zoo. Styles that look at me, and frizzy hair (used to be real, now fake).
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In the year In the early 2000s, he saw the heyday of Cavalli, revamping the stars worn by Italian socialite Marta Marzotto, then in the early ’70s, and sprinkling it on tailored jackets, silks, loose blouses and long, cut-out skirts. A sleeve as wide as a butterfly’s wings.
Cavalli also loved his hair, and Puglisi wore it out in a huge amount. Some of them, like dark green shaggy belts, were as big as bearskins, while floor-length brown ones were thin and kept the cool from purple pink pants.
Leopard prints were everywhere, draped over pink and black slip dresses and layered with feathered capes or popping up on jumpsuits with corset straps and feather trim. They weren’t the only print in town: Puglisi made a broken glass design and 18 detailsTh Century cherub prints, denim pieces and silk on silk and consist of designs similar to denim.
A saucy denim corset dress with dore train, and matching slips, dresses and coats in silk and velvet are among the highlights of this wide-ranging collection that evokes the founder’s sense of spontaneity and freedom.
Puglisi has recaptured the brand’s vibrancy and appeal, and that’s good news for generations of women (and men) who want to enter the room with a bang like Marzotto.
Launch Gallery: Backstage at Roberto Cavalli RTW Fall 2023
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