Roberto Cavalli Fall-Winter 2012-2013

Theme of the show: Imaginary animals from pure fantasy are born.  The prints come from hand-painted canvas, exhibited backstage at the fashion show, representing animal skins.  The ‘trompe l’œil’ effect is enhanced by the illusory mix of python leather printed with tiger or jaguar motifs, furs printed with python motif, or pony skins transformed into crocodile.  Mini skirts or ‘balloon’ dresses show the legs and are created with three-dimensional placed embroidery, in brocade or filleted fur, printed or inlaid.  

Maxi skirts  are made of python leather painted with tiger motif; lasered mink with crocodile effect or cashmere cloth are combined with jacquard mohair sweaters or with entirely embroidered t-shirts.  Sculpture dresses in printed silk mousseline do not follow the line of the body, but redesign it and open large ruffles and flounces in silk organza embellished with tiny pleated ruffles and black lace.  

Haute artisanship prevails throughout the collection weather it’s leather punched sequin mixed with micro feathers or embroidery in relief with three-dimensional effects to recreate animal mantles or reptile scales.  The jackets and coats, made of black python leather or printed with ocelot or tiger mantle effect, have structured shoulders and a narrow waistline. Naomi Campbell’s return to the catwalk for the finale made the show one of the most talked about at the 2012 Milan Fashion Week.


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