Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

“Short for dancing, long for red carpet. This is how we do it!” declared Roberto Cavalli. He was holding up two versions of the same emerald-green print dress, considering who might be going out in one or the other of them. “Jennifer Lopez!” he growled. “She likes this sort of thing.” 

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012


Call it pragmatic decadence or sensible opulence—regardless, Roberto and his wife Eva Cavalli have a perfectly informed idea of who they’re designing for and where their looks are destined to be flaunted. 

The couple was in Paris, presenting pre-fall above the Cavalli store in the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, in a setting which suddenly seemed like a nightclub in the seventies: couches and tables with bowls of fruit, crystal-and-gold goblets on the go, and a giant German shepherd snoozing on the floor. Of course! These are fun-loving Florentines holding up Italy’s reputation for sexy excess. Come on—somebody has to do it.

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

We’re not talking blatant Berlusconi-era bunga-bunga sexy, though. Instead of flashing too much flesh, for pre-fall the display is all on the outside, in a pile-up of animal print, feathers, and fur, worked into the surfaces of coats and mixed into the pleats and paillettes on dresses. “It’s a rock-’n’-roll confusion!” laughed Eva Cavalli. The outerwear involves deceptive layering tricks, detachable fur collars and linings—the Cavalli girl’s ideal compromise for maintaining outward glamour while keeping inwardly cozy.  


Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

She’ll be even more head-turning if she follows the Cavalli idea of adding jet-bead-smothered leggings and long leather gloves to her looks. Fierce.
by Sarah Mower via: http://www.vogue.com/


Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012

Roberto Cavalli / Pre-Fall 2012
Photos: Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli

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