Come September, Just Cavalli
will fall under the manufacturing umbrella of Renzo Rosso's Staff International, and change is promised. So it felt almost as though this pre-fall offering were a deck-clearing, a way to wrap up everything that was most iconic about Cavalli's past in order to make way for the future. Of course, Just Cavalli was always intended as a youthful complement to the jet-set gypsy luxury of Roberto's main line, so the Cavalli signatures—animal prints, boho, leather—were translated here in a junior-luxe way. The kid sister in this haute bohemian clan might wear the smock in the Kenzo-like collage of leopard print and flowers, paired with thigh-highs; or the tight little leopard minidress; or the denim shirtdress under a reptile-embossed suede blouson. There were, however, a couple of pieces—one cropped jacket in elaborately laced washed leather, another in velvet brocade with panels of black fox—that primed the Cavalli kiddo to move on up to big sis' closet.