Roberto Cavalli RTW Fall Collection 2020

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With a plethora of animal prints, Cavalli’s first collection under the new owner looked back to the heydays of the label.

The first collection presented by the Roberto Cavalli brand under the new owner was clearly a tribute to its history and a return to the heyday of the label. Bold animalier prints were front and centre of the coed collection no wallflowers allowed here.

Last year, the company was sold to the Dubai-based Damac Properties and, while the brand skipped Pitti Uomo and Milan Men’s Fashion Week in January, it unveiled its new course with a presentation at Milan’s Mudec museum.

The design team developed five prints inspired by the mantle of a tiger also in a white version; a leopard, also in red; a geometric combination of anaconda and python; a pattern of feathers in emerald green or red, and by a graphic chevron of feathers drawn by hand. Denim was also treated and stone-washed to look like leather.

There was a whiff of Seventies Swinging London and a touch of men’s wear tailoring in the women’s cabins, double-breasted blazers and Prince-of-Wales pants. Accessories included tall boots with squared toes and sandals with metallic elements. In men’s wear, the sartorial designs were offset by the animalier prints with a touch of irony.