Glam grunge. That was the (somewhat mixed) message at Just Cavalli. The models wore flashy charm necklaces and fur collars over plaid flannel button-down shirts and pleated black leather minis, or teamed oversize brown, gray, and black patchwork sweaters with tiny loden green kilts and black and gold brocade leggings. The layered look is a key Fall trend, so points go to Cavalli for doing it in his own irreverent, leopard-spotted way. Oh, yes, this show had leopard spots, sometimes two or three different prints in one outfit. There probably aren't tons of girls out there who are going to rock that head-to-toe look, and add a lace-edged dickey into the mix. But there are plenty who'd be thrilled to combine Cavalli's cropped, drab-green aviator jacket (with acid yellow shearling lining), a pair of the designer's exuberantly colorful leggings, and one of their own T-shirts.
Where things went amiss was with the molded leather pieces and the blazers made of furniture velvet. The quality didn't quite look up to snuff, and the fit was off. Bulges at the hips? No, thanks. The one thing that the Cavalli girl isn't going to compromise on is her sex appeal. Better to stick with those crazy leggings.