Roberto Cavalli Woman Autumn-Winter 2016 – Peter Dundas delved into the archives once more for AW which can be expected considering he is still fresh at the helm of the house.
His AW16 collection for Roberto Cavalli opened with distinctly 70s silhouette; platform crocodile boots, plunging frock, longline patchwork fur coat and a sequinned scarf laced around the neck immediately it hinted at the excessive layering to follow.
An array of tactile materials took centre stage amongst the garments; velvets, lace, suede, silks and furs in a variety of patterns and textured which excelled away from the nuanced trademark Cavalli print and clashed with bohemian sensibilities. The focus was on the waist accentuated by chunky belts and the rest of the figure was built around it, with the outline either obscured by velvet capes with ornate needlework or emphasised by cropped fur jackets.
Meanwhile shirts of denim, silk, cotton and paisley over spilled from beneath the outerwear and semi unbuttoned in a nonchalant manner. Elsewhere tunics of plush emerald velvet dishevelled from the embellishment, and a series of sheer chiffons loosened the waistline.
The mood of the collection seemed imbued with effortlessness, and encouraged a manner of casually throwing on items minutes before stepping outside to resonate the poetic attitude of a dreamer.
Roberto Cavalli Woman Autumn-Winter 2016