September 23, 2011
Today's show marked a relaunch of Roberto Cavalli's second line, the kid sister to his signature vixen. But sizzle clearly runs in the genes, because the very first outfit matched a chiffon blouse to a pair of skintight, low-slung, appliquéd jeans, and wrapped up the whole ensemble in a long streamer of fake snakeskin. Rock-tastic! There were, in rapid succession, silvered denims, baby dolls and shaggy furs, abstracted animal prints, sinuous plissés, and floaty things for a buccaneer's babe. Within the obvious budgetary confines of a second label such as Just, Cavalli did manage to incorporate hints of the Florentine artisanship that lends even his most florid work some gravitas. In other words, there were studs, grommets, and some Shakespearean lacing on suedes and leathers. Entry-level Cavallites will eat it up. And the multitudes that sweltered in the enormous show venue suggest their numbers are uncountable.