If there was something slightly disconcerting about Roberto Cavalli's admission that he'd "collected" a young woman he saw walking by a river while he was on holiday in Bhutan, his designs for his second line, Just Cavalli
, were indeed infused with a collector's sensibility. Maybe it's impossible not to feel that way when you're confronted by a culture that is so rich in inspiration for the creatively inclined. Cavalli certainly surrendered. It could have gone horribly picture-postcard wrong, but without knowing Bhutan intimately, it felt like Cavalli had actually captured some kind of essence, particularly with vibrantly colored tiger and dragon motifs. He cleverly transposed the most intricate Bhutanese prints onto the simplest tunic or T-shirt shapes, or used them as accents on classic Cavalli pieces. What could have been mere gratuitous exotica turned into the unifying thread that held together a strong collection.