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Cavalli Caps a Great Weekend

Godfrey Deeny
September 24th, 2012 @ 5:01 PM - Milan

If any brand had a ideal home run in Milan fashion week it was the house of Roberto Cavalli, who managed to stage two hot runway shows, rock the city with a massive concert party to open a major new boutique and also find time to squire Sharon Stone around amfAR’s gala dinner on Saturday night.

Cavalli’s late morning show on Monday, Sept. 24, effectively ended the Milan season: post show editors scarpered to flights for Paris or onto a mid-afternoon train. Packed with uber models, TV crews, runway photographers and UK Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman, a regiment of fashionistas crossed through the Alps to the final week of shows in the French capital.

Cavalli got the mood spot on with this finale, a signature line collection inspired by the delicacy of Art Nouveau and targeted at slim-line women of self-assured beauty.

The fine filigrees one associates with that art movement encircled sunglasses; its slinking lines caressed whisper light chiffon pants. Though the star material in this show was lace, especially leather lace, whether in lime or beige deep-gorge cocktails or used in flirty panels and trim of pulse-quickening blouses or silk gowns. Crystals, metallic embroidery, mini Venetian blinds of leather and multitudes of appliques rippled and inserted the clothes, yet this upbeat collection never felt less than very coherent.

“It’s dedicated to beautiful women. They are its inspiration and who it is made for,” co-designer Eva Cavalli told FWD backstage.

On Friday, Cavalli kicked off the weekend with a hyper bash called “I Lock your Love,” on Corso Matteotti, Milan’s main shopping thoroughfare where DJ Solange Knowles waxed the stacks.

The designing couple celebrated the launch of their latest store – a two-floor, 5,000 square-foot space - of his second line Just Cavalli, a label that has grown into one of European fashion’s biggest success stories.

In terms of diffusion collections, Just Cavalli is now reigning king of feminine glitz; a gutsy dose of sexy panache unmatched in Europe.

Back on Friday morning, one saw lots of flesh and plenty of racy looks on Just Cavalli’s catwalk. Eva and Roberto’s big idea was the staggered flapper look – a swirling silk concoction littered with sequined patches and made in some truly memorable prints. Phantasmagorical bone styles, volcanic explosions or tropical exaggerations – all of them looked great.

The very gutsiness of these clothes has assured their success. After a couple of tricky years, when Just Cavalli had to switch manufacturers from debt-ridden Ittierre to Staff International the collection is now on a roll. FWD sat beside Staff’s CEO Ubaldo Minelli, who revealed that Just Cavalli now sells 300,000 pieces a season – a remarkable performance, given the recent turbulence.

Like we said, Milan was Cavalli country last week. There’s a new sheriff in town.

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