It was international women’s day at Roberto Cavalli, where designer Fausto Puglisi offered up a palette of warm, beachy colors and breezy silhouettes for women “who dress for no one but themselves.”
Puglisi delivered just want this customer wants — sensual clothing for swanning around beach clubs and poolsides — and he set the runway mood with dance hits from the ’70s and ’80s.
“I love California, Mexico, Saint-Tropez, and it was a declaration of freedom for women who don’t need to prove anything,” said Puglisi, whose been designing the label since 2020.
“They want to be happy, they want to be free, they can play with their wardrobes. The palette is super happy with lots of pink, and desert shades,” he added.
The warm, muggy weather certainly cooperated with this collection — although it wasn’t intentional. Guests crowded into the overheated show space which had been decorated with lush palm trees, greenery and brown carpeting meant to resemble a forest floor.
But the attention turned quickly from the cloying heat to the fun, high-energy collection that unfolded to a soundtrack that included Blondie singing “Call Me” and Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.”
Out came romantic, flowing chiffon dresses, caftans and minis, some adorned with long streamers or feathery trims. They were covered in a feathery print that Puglisi had pulled from the archive, magnified and tinged warm rosy pink or Aperol-spritz orange.
That feathery print also drifted over jeans, a mainstay of this collection, as well as catsuits with flared legs and headscarves tied in boho knots.
There were slinkier looks, too, including leather trousers with corset-style lacing and a motocross edge, and another pair with strings of beads down the side. The show closed with the most body-con of them all: a sheer, curve-hugging black dress that radiated female power.
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