– By Nausheen Shah –
Opulence has always been the key to Roberto Cavalli’s collections, constantly evolving and never straying too far from his definitive Florentine roots. For his 2013 Fall/Winter collection, Cavalli decided to dig deeper into his family tree and find inspiration via his own grandfather – Giuseppe Rossi, a painter from the Macchiaioli movement, whose work is displayed at the Uffizi Museum.
Cavalli, having attended the State Institute of Art himself, found the lavish element of his new collection lies in the details of the painted prints themselves. He even decided to create a video for his boutiques, demonstrating the fascinating and delicate processes which compose the construction of a hand painted gown – also marking a return to the original criteria and purity of manual artistry.
But for Cavalli, art and master craftsmanship were not restricted to the painted prints. Furs were also traditionally assembled on a loom, incorporating modern elements of small leather strips, to the profusion of sequins, sparkles, studs and small chains used on the fabrics for a luxe “armour” effect.
The hues for the collection were in very Cavalli-esque style. Tones of vibrant violet, navy and fuchsia sang on brocades, prints, sequins and furs, while room was made for the black and white movement.
The rich collection was topped off with sculpted necklaces resembling moths, snakes and berries ,while brooches appeared on tuxedo collars in the form of eagles.
Perhaps Cavalli’s translated his vision of a Renaissance painting literally enough to make his clients never want to leave his latest masterpiece.
Nausheen Shah is a New York based fashion designer turned stylist who has worked for the likes of Catherine Malandrino and Zac Posen. In her travels, Nausheen’s love of language, cuisine, art and interior design flourished, informing her unique, distinctive, and global style. She is a fashion contributor/luxury travel writer for the New York Post and also runs her own ‘fashion as a lifestyle’ blog – A Shah’s Life. Nausheen may be followed on Facebook @nausheenshahstylist and Twitter @nausheenshah.
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