Roberto Cavalli, the king of the Italian way of life is presenting his Men Spring/Summer 2017 Collection. Cheeky, young and graceful the new Collection is an hymn to the powerful, yet somehow fragile allure of mythical figure of the 70’s rock scene, such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards or even Rod Stewart. Cavalli’s artistic director Peter Dundas, has once again followed the Italian House philosophy by designing a Collection into the timelight of the unashamed richness, the sumptuous, colourful, flamboyant wardrobe that defines Roberto Cavalli Men.
The casual dandy aesthetics of a decadent traveller silhouette created by an unfolded palette that marries shades of blue, spicy earth tones, and pastels, washed and distressed jacquards, silks and cottons make a lavish mix of textures. Building a casual vibe of ease and nonchalance, the Collection is a trip to the Seventies streets. Leather, a pivotal element of the Cavalli style, lays homage to Native Americans for the tailoring and leather outerwear, where suede fringing is combined with delicately beaded navajo motifs and opulent embellishments.
Louche, decadent and sexy silhouette, Peter Dundas uses the embroidery heritage of the brand all along, notably in the exquisite fusion of sartorial and playful of the luxurious evening jackets; or in the oriental echoes of densely embroidered kimono robes that replace the pyjamas, bringing onstage the intimate world of loungewear. Playing with worldwide fashion influences, the Moroccan style of a luxurious kaftan in hand painted jacquard stripes add more memories and atmospheres, while mixed patterns and prints take the blouse-shirts in leopard spots and florals, granting a touch of feminine sensibility.
What would be a Roberto Collection without blue jeans? The exploration of denim treatments, another landmark of the Cavalli universe, results in jackets and jeans that are heavily patchworked, washed or tie-dyed. A romantic sensibility underpins the looks, with the embroideries of floral patterns which enhance the models flowerboy behaviour. The impressive couture clogs and raised platform boots; with the turquoise and coral sautoir necklaces, and the patterned skinny scarves, are reminders of Cavalli’s aura of glamorous and unconventional sexiness.
As The Rolling Stones were singing « You can’t always get what you want » we surely get full satisfaction with the Roberto Cavalli Spring/Summer 2017 Collection.