Understated is not normally a word you used to describe Roberto Cavalli--but this season, that's exactly the descriptor that comes to mind. In a relative way of speaking anyway. The designer, known for his extravagant, over-the-top luxe styles, showed a collection with nary a leopard or tiger print in sight.
Instead, Cavalli decided to focus on more abstract prints--monochromatic brush stroke prints, abstract floral prints, and a muted paisley. These appeared on neatly tailored mini-dresses, trousers and tuxedo jackets. It was all very dark, and very sophisticated.
Of course, Cavalli didn't give up his love of all things glitz and glitter. The designer incorporated metallic accents frequently in the collection. On dresses, silver was woven in an almost chainmail-like design. It was just the right amount of edge--and signature Cavalli excess--for an otherwise toned down collection.