The latest Just Cavalli Fall 2016 collection is all about the casual, effortless yet edgy way of life. The colors and silhouttes have a youthfulness about them, but the ensembles as a whole even more so, with hairstyles and heavily lines eyes – men’s as much as women’s.
The lines between men’s looks and women’s are blurry here as it is. Skinny pants and jackets are mix-and-match type, with a bold choice of colors – bubblegum pink, black, fuchsia, neon turquoise, burnished gold and red for men as well as for women. The designer points out that the color palette has the “saturated colours of an Andy Warhol silkscreen.” A carefree attitude is punctuated.
Some of the elements underscore the show’s music theme – post-punk. The pointy-toe booties, leather jackets, flame-motif sleeves, leopard-fur collars, fishnet stockings and cheetah-print skinny scarves remind us of that heady 70s era. Plus bold pattern choices like pussy-cats, swimsuit girl-cartoons and cigarette-smoking bejewelled red lips. Distressed leather pants with a worn-out finish, as the fashion show description says, like they’re the “perfect thrift” finds, for the “girls who only wake up when darkness falls.”
A lot of the wardrobe includes party-clothes – studded shoes, crystal-encrusted jackets and mini-dresses, overcoats and leather skirts and skinny pants. There are some day-to-night transition pieces in the mix – crop jackets and maxi-dresses. Leather and fur are the most used combination, mixed with metallics in silver pants here and some animal print there.
My favorite outfit is certainly the mini-dress with cigarette-smoking lips pattern.
And I also loved the one-shoulder chiffon mini-dress and a burnished gold mini-dress with the aforementioned swim-suit girl cartoons patchwork!
There is some similarity between the Roberto Cavalli Fall 2016 RTW collection and this one, where this one is all about the young and the carefree, focusing on culture and not on art/history. And the inspiration here is singular, as opposed to the Roberto Cavalli collection that is as inspired by art nouveau as glam rock. To say I like one more than the other would be silly, because both execute their inspirations well. But then, I am an art/history lover more than a party animal!
Just Cavalli Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show: Gallery
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