Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Milan: With featherweight fabrics and pale tones, Roberto Cavalli’s spring collection opened on a light, ethereal note. Even leather pants, intricately slashed by lasers, had an airy, weightless feeling. Cavalli kept that sense of lightness as he introduced prints and darker tones. In addition to the more expected leopard and snakeskin motifs, there was a swirling sketchy print that was a little bit Art Nouveau and a little bit rock and roll. Engineered lace mixed with more laser-cut leathers for an effect that was crafty but not the least bit crunchy. These pieces were slick as can be. Eveningwear offered the sexy cutouts one has come to expect from Cavalli, but intricate beading and elegant sheers kept the focus on lightness and craftsmanship. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Wide-shouldered / Body-skimming / Hourglass / Body-con
Color: Pure white / Blush / Bright green / Lime green / Cantaloupe / Black / Teal
Key Items: Leather short-sleeved jackets / Slashed leather pants / Printed slip dresses / Printed matched sets / Engineered lace dresses
Materials: Engineered lace / Soft leathers / Croc / Weightless silks / Chiffon / Smooth suitings
Print + Pattern: Art Nouveau-inspired swirling motifs / Leopard / Snakeskin / Filigree
Details + Trim: Laser-cutouts / High front slits / Leather or lace panels / Elaborate beading / Deep V-necks / Wide, angular sleeves / Spaghetti straps / Cutouts
Accessories + Footwear: Sunglasses with gold frames / Stacked metal bangles / Structured top-handle bags / Printed chain bags / Skinny belts / Wide laser-cut leather belts / Multi-strap sandals / Two-strap sandals / Peep-toe cage sandals
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