I may have just called Fendi’s spring 2014 collection a shock to the senses, but Just Cavalli’s really was. Literally. The bass from the very loud music was so high that the entire show venue shook. It was a bit distracting, as was the runway backdrop: a veritable floor to ceiling light show.
It had the feel of an arena concert, which makes sense, as Cavalli’s designs are often inspired and worn by musicians.
The clothes certainly made their best attempt at competing for our attention. The collection was filled with Cavalli’s signature loud colors and busy prints–the opening look may have had 15 different ones competing for space on a skintight jumpsuit that was completely open in the front. Throughout the show, slits were high, midriffs low, and necklines plunging. Skin was most definitely in.
While he really went for it with most looks–like the aforementioned jumpsuit–some exhibited restraint. A pink and yellow plaid shirtdress verged on understated, as did a white macramé blazer paired with black pants.
And Cavalli presented some intriguing ideas, like pants rolled down to reveal the models’ underwear (or swimsuit bottom?), which we also saw at Tommy (could this be a precursor to the end of the high waist?). There was also some really impressive print mixing–outfits that could have looked messy actually looked appealing–though Cavalli could have a stylist to thank for that.
One thing’s for sure though, Cavalli fans–many of whom were hard to miss in the audience–were very happy.