December 03, 2012 New York
For the Just Cavalli pre-fall collection, Roberto Cavalli and company borrowed military elements from a commanding officer's wardrobe and fused them with the label's rock 'n' roll DNA. Sharp-shouldered, brass-button peacoats in either wool or camouflage-embossed viscose came decorated with traditional epaulets, medallions, and insignia details. Quilting was another motif that was used, appearing as both a technicolor patchwork pattern and via quilted biker jackets and matching track shorts. Cavalli's iconic animal prints played a starring role here, as they do every season. Leopard and baroque designs mixed together on slim cigarette trousers as well as long-sleeved sheath dresses, and the spots also turned up on accessories like lace-up, knee-high boots and top-handle satchel bags. All in all, the kittenish Just Cavalli girl looks good in uniform. Just don't ask her to give a proper salute or fire a rifle.
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