Bringing Sexy Back: Roberto Cavalli for H&M

After the genius selections of Karl Lagerfield, Stella McCartney and Viktor & Rolf, this is a bit of a let down. H&M has announced that Italian designer Roberto Cavalli, best known for back-baring gowns favored by folks like Beyoncé, will be designing a one-off collection for the Swedish high-street chain. Set to make its worldwide debut on November 8th, the collection will be comprised of 20 items for gents and 25 for the ladies, as well as lingerie and accessories. If anything, I’m thrilled that H&M has finally chosen a designer I don’t worship (or even like), so that when everything is gone within minutes, I won’t be left clutching a size ten dress and swearing under my breath at the injustice of it all. What to look for? I’m guessing this will be a fancy affair, full of eveningwear meant to be worn on the holiday party circuit. Cavalli has even issued this statement/threat concerning his H&M collection: “I will add a dash of festivity and dreams.” Ooh, festivity and dreams! That’s exactly what I want from my knock-offs! Stylesight makes it easy for us to check out Cavalli’s 2007 Fall/Winter show for a peek of the festivity and dreams that might be in store for us come November.


As a firm supporter of menswear for women, I want to like this. But a satin bathrobe with shoulder pads and a bowtie? Lord no.


Sometimes I think Roberto Cavali has never left the ‘90s. Horrible coats like this only serve as a reinforcement of that idea.


Well, now I understand at least one reason why Jessica Simpson looked so very trashy in this dress: it’s a trashy dress. Who knew she was wearing it correctly!


The shoes, the pants, the hat, the pose! This outfit literally makes my stomach hurt.


Unless you’re an equestrian, jodhpurs are a very bad idea. I do like this coat, but not here. Not at all.


Not everything Cavalli does is horrible. I’m hoping for a cheaper version of this gem. Love the sleeves and the gloves!


A typically bare Cavalli back, but somehow the draping does it for me.


My favorite looks from Cavalli are the ones that don’t bring to mind the ‘90s, streetwalkers or J.Lo. This ‘40s inspired dress is just about perfect.


There’s sure to be some leopard-print in the H&M collection and all I can hope is that it looks like this. Who knew that making it metallic would actually add some class?

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