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Roberto Cavalli womenswear S/S12

The designer went back to nature, using flora and fauna references on sequined crepe dresses and flapper inspired cuts

Cavalli’s runway, a décor of chandeliers held from the ceiling by heavy scaffolding, complete with pink light and Sebastien Tellier soundtrack set the scene: sexy and dilapidated. The show kicked off with flappergirl-inspired cuts such as loose dresses in gold sequined fringes. This was followed by the same sequin treatment, this time outlining the pleats of a flower-print crepe dress, paired with a gold blazer. Black then flowed in: floor length body conscious dresses were composed of black mesh embroided with matching pearls and sequins for a lace-like effect. 

The mesh was then switched to a skin-toned one, giving the impression that the sheen patterns created by the pearls had been directly painted onto the skin. Mixing flora and fauna, chiffon petticoat-inspired dresses morphed floral patterns into animal prints, the look paired with a black hemmed leopard print blazer. A few more casual pieces also appeared: bootcut trousers in waxed snakeskin leather, sleeveless and lapel-less blazers, or a simple cream jacket with white jeans, offered everyday options to a predominantly eveningwear collection.