Roberto Cavalli Fall 2012: A Carefree Spirit, Plus Naomi Campbell Closes the Show

The night before Roberto Cavalli's Fall 2012 show we spotted the designer out walking his faithful German Shepherd. He looked positively stress-free a
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The night before Roberto Cavalli's Fall 2012 show we spotted the designer out walking his faithful German Shepherd. He looked positively stress-free a
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The night before Roberto Cavalli's Fall 2012 show we spotted the designer out walking his faithful German Shepherd. He looked positively stress-free and happy--not exactly what you expect to see from a designer whose eponymous collection was to show some 16 hours later. But such is the way with Italian-born Cavalli; and his obvious joy in what he does and carefree attitude are what makes his shows such a pleasure to behold. That and Naomi Cambell, which we'll get to in a minute.

Cavalli opened his show with a sparkly, crocodile-print minidress, lined with fur and accessorized with a cap, big sunnies and leather gloves. Sound like a lot going on in one look? It was. But because this is Cavalli, where more really is more, it totally worked. Other dresses followed in the same short-but-roomy silhouette but done up in all sorts of different textures from oversized sequins to velvet brocade and loads of sparkly fabrics. In some cases, it was hard to tell if the outfit was a dress or a skirt-and-shirt combo--a clever trick in tailoring that made ensembles feel particularly modern.

When hemlines weren't mid-thigh, they were all the way to the floor. As you can see, Cavalli doesn't do half-way. The designer sent flares down the runway done up in leather or muted tiger print, that were so voluminous we almost thought they were mermaid skirts. His final looks were, of course, his most dramatic, and included evening gowns laden with layer upon layer of ruffles.

To our surprise and delight 41-year-old (!!) Naomi Cambell closed the show and damn did she look good. Since Gisele walked the runway at Alexander Wang during New York Fashion Week, we've been hoping that the supermodels-on-the-runway thing would officially become a trend. Cross your fingers one of them makes an appearance in Paris! Photos: Imaxtree