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Roberto Cavalli Womenswear S/S11

In celebration of hitting his 40th anniversary, Cavalli presented an evening collection of his signature snakeskin, animal prints and intricate beading

This year marks Roberto Cavalli’s 40 years in the industry. To coincide with that anniversary, Cavalli presented a well-coherent evening collection, which employed some of the signature elements of his aesthetic. There was plenty of soft leather paired with chiffons, animal prints and intricate beading. A great craftsmanship – the result of Cavalli’s ongoing collaboration with artisanal workshops in Florence – manifested itself in the cascading fringes that adorned the necklines, shoulders and bottom hems of his snakeskin-print dresses. But there was also a rock chick element to the collection. The crocodile jacket featured unfinished hems, and the skintight trousers had lace-up panels down both sides. Muted shades of grey, pink and beige added a contemporary touch to Cavalli’s theme: the tropical paradise.

Dazed Digital: What’s new for Roberto Cavalli this season?
Roberto Cavalli:
All my collections are very different from each other. The only thing that stays the same is Cavalli’s love for women. While designing for spring/summer, I also wanted to rebel against the current popularity of minimalism. I think minimalism is there to destroy the femininity in women, and I’ve always been the one to go against the grain.

DD: What inspired the tropical garden that you built on the runway?
Roberto Cavalli:
The whole collection was inspired by nature, so the garden is a fantasy. It represents paradise.

DD: How would you describe the woman you design for?
Roberto Cavalli:
She’s strong. Strong, because I am strong and my life is very strong.

DD: This year also marks your 40th anniversary. How are you celebrating?
Roberto Cavalli:
Well, right now, I feel a bit like a baby that needs to hold someone’s hand! I just want to smile at everyone. But I also feel like I need to rest, because I worked until 4AM last night.