Roberto Cavalli is a veritable print master, and his skills are on high for his brand’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection. From florals to animal prints given sparkle with beaded embellishment and studs, the lineup is right in line with his signature boldness, dripping with that perfect juxtaposition of femininity and sultriness.
Feral patterns punctuate the collection from the onset with leopard giving pop to otherwise simple trousers, structured cocoon coats, and blazers, while mythical dragons are interjected on pared-down turtleneck dresses and an on-trend sweatshirt that might be among the season’s go-to pieces if the price is right. Studded strappy sandals, adorned oversize totes, gilded open-toe booties, and bedecked tiger chain link necklaces and drop earrings accent the looks for added enhancement.
Cavalli loves fur and the cozy texture is crafted into feather designs, vests layered under printed boiled wool coats, long numbers with embellished backs, a forest green jacket that can provide camouflage in any forest, and a shearling-lined number given edge with leather embroidery. The pieces make quite the elegant statement when paired with pointed-toe pumps and knee-length pleated skirts.
Naya Rivera, Rihanna, and Naomi Campbell were among the brand’s wearers in 2013 and the Pre-Fall 2014 offerings have a wealth of red carpet-ready gowns: more than most collections for the season. Any celeb can take on the zebra-print and baroque-embroidered mini dresses at hand, while pros like Rih and Naomi will flourish in the selection’s low-back numbers.
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