I am happy to unveil yet another series that I will be featuring on my blog. This time is the Spotlight Series : meaning that I pick a designer or a brand and put it in the spotlight. So for this official first series I will be putting under the spotlight none other than …
I am sure if like me you love fashion, surely you have that favourite designer that you keep saying to yourself that one day you will own one of their dresses. Mine is Roberto Cavalli. I am seriously in love with the designers dresses especially his iconic animal print. I do not own one but I still have hope that one day I will.
In a nutshell I would describe Cavalli’s clothes as cool, chic, glam, wild, hip and sexy. Distributed in over 30 countries his clothes can be seen worn on the red carpet by some of the hottest celebrities today. Animal print, exotic patterns and unique prints are all a signature of Roberto Cavalli.
Pioneering animal prints on everything from leather to lamé, putting Lycra in jeans, he made fashion ferociously sexy and fun, both for his celebrity clients (Beyoncé, Bono, the Beckhams to name a few) and for himself. Considering the rough childhood, nothing has kept the Florentine designer down: not the Nazis’ murder of his father nor his hardscrabble youth; not the 80s minimalism that almost destroyed his business nor his tax-evasion trial; and certainly not a mere global recession.
Biography courtesy of Wikipedia
Roberto Cavalli was born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. Cavalli enrolled at the local Art Institute, concentrating in textile print. While still a student, he made a series of flower prints on knit that caught the attention of major Italian hosiery factories.
In the early 1979s, he invented and patented a printing procedure on leather, and he started creating patchworks of different materials. He debuted these techniques in Paris, immediately getting commissions from the likes of Hermès and Pierre Cardin. At age 32, he presented his first namesake collection at the Salon for Prêt-à-Porter in Paris. He brought it to the catwalks of the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti in Florence, and later on those of Milano Collezioni, jeans made of printed denim, intarsia leathers, brocade, and wild prints.
In Milan in 1994, Cavalli presented the first sand-blasted jeans. By December of the same year, he had opened boutiques in Saint Barth – in the French Caribbean, followed by others in Venice and Saint-Tropez. Besides the main line, which is sold in over fifty countries worldwide, Roberto Cavalli designs RC Menswear as well as the youth aimed line Just Cavalli, launched in 1998 and comprising today men’s wear, women’s wear, accessories, eyewear, watches, jewelry, perfumes, underwear, and beachwear. There is also the Angels & Devils Children Collection (which is adorable).
In 2002, Cavalli opened his first café-store in Florence, revamping it with his signature animal prints. This was shortly followed by the opening in Milan of the Just Cavalli café at Torre Branca and another boutique on Via della Spiga.
In July 2011, his company collection was presented at the catwalk of The Brandery fashion show in Barcelona. On June 18, 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Master Diploma in Fashion Management from Domus Academy in Milan.
What attracts me mostly to Cavalli’s dresses is the fact that he likes his women glamorous, confident, powerful and with a wild side. His body-hugging dresses are smoking hot and fabulous to watch. He is a master of delicacy, all his dresses are as ambitious as the last and in spite of the flesh flashing, he can do subtlety too – anyways subtle Cavalli’s way!
Case in point have you guys seen his latest collection RTW collection for Spring 2015 that was featured a few days ago in Milan Fashion week. Three words ‘to die for’, channeling the 70’s via beautiful silhouettes that ooze freedom and lightness. Yet again Cavalli’s vision for the “The Light of Summer” collection feature vibrant and pleated dresses with ribbons and tassels. He even made floral prints look psychedelic … genius or what … Equally strong were the romantic pieces that Cavalli is renowned for empowering a women body making her feel every inch of beautiful.
Note to self / something to look forward to: Start saving and yes one day you will own a Roberto Cavalli, until then I will be off to sleep with nice dresses flowing in my mind.
Good night fellow friend, sweet Cavalli dresses dreams.
Until next time,
Disclaimer : All of the information was gathered through various online sources. Images Credit – Google Images.