If there’s one area of the Seventies left untapped thus far, it’s the hippie-dippie arts and crafts culture. No longer, thanks to Roberto Cavalli in his Just Cavalli collection.
Consider the first look out: a jacket patchworked to the Haight-Ashbury hilt, and spliced from actual era-specific jacquards, too. The decade’s riffs continued, from caftans and peasant blouses to cowboy fringed jackets and flower-power frocks covered in blooming appliques. Lace-trimmed granny dresses and suede tops? Check and check. He threw in a copious serving of outsize prints as well, such as giant palm fronds on the short-shorts.
And then there was the denim. Jeans and jean jackets were indulgently loud and brash. One pair, for instance, boasted distressed holes in a leopard pattern. One could see the thinking here: our customer loves animal prints and she loves ripped denim, why not combo them? Elsewhere, Cavalli went seemingly slap-happy with a Bedazzler — more studs! more pearls! In fact, much of the collection had this splashy feel — as if he took all the classic Cavalli-isms, threw them together while he was listening to Fleetwood Mac and just pressed “blend.” When he dialed things down a notch, the formula worked.