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This season’s Roberto Cavalli was surprisingly black and white, and surprisingly absent of animal prints (although, that said, there was an early passage of pastel limes and grapefruits, and ocelots and snakeskins). Rather it was a dazzling display of ostentatious Italian craftsmanship in soft leathers, silks and sheers, starting with a flaxen-haired Julia Nobis in slashed and embroidered shades of innocent snow, ending with sultry brunette Caroline Brasch Nielsen in a midnight evening gown of feathery gothic scrawls and very little else. Really there was a lot of flesh on show throughout, only slightly concealed under crystal beading and glass embroidery, swirling lace and laser-cut patterns, floating floor-length gowns with swimsuit-style windows onto the body below. This was a collection for luxurious evenings out, dressed only in art nouveau flourishes and rococo cathedral architecture, at the world’s most glamorous parties.
Text: Dean Kissick
Photography: Mitchell Sams
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