January 13, 2010 New York
If Spring's Just Cavalli girl took an unexpected detour through grunge territory, her pre-fall counterpart is back in Roberto Cavalli's rock 'n' roll comfort zone. His signature leopard motif was reinterpreted as an abstract print and splashed on ruffled silk day dresses, and his shrunken leather biker jacket featured a pierced grommet trim. The slashed-jeans look, meanwhile, got an update via shredded chiffon layered over printed denim flares. The target customer is described in the notes as "a well-traveled woman who has one wardrobe for everyday and another for evening." Fair enough, though it puts the designer a little out of step in a season when versatility and day-to-night are buzzwords.
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