Watch Naomi Campbells return to the runway as we take you front row and backstage at the Roberto Cavalli show with a hostess of top models & style icon Bianca Jagger.
We love this behind the scenes video from the set of the latest Roberto Cavalli womenswear campaign photo shoot. Showcasing the collections dark, gothic tinged vibe in a beautiful, natural setting, watch the stunning Natasha Poly, Karen Elson and Mariacarla Boscono rock flowing transparent layers of signature Cavalli print that have been given a new lease of life for F/W 2011/12 by cult stylist Panos Yiapanis. This Autumn we want to play in the leaves in one of those head turning pieces!
Fashion and nature: How fashion got inspired by nature
From the fashion greats such as Alexander McQueen who was inspired by the birds of prey that lived near his childhood home in the east end of London, to the great fabric mills of Italy and Britain inspired by their surrounding landscapes, nature has always been an important inspiration to the fashion and clothing industry.
Even today, when fabrics can easily be made to replicate natural fibres, wools, cashmeres, silks and exotic leathers are used and greatly appreciated by fashion designers and their customers for their quality and luxurious finish.
Flowers and jungle prints.
Animal prints are a signature favourite for designers such as the late Yves Saint Laurent, Miuccia Prada and the current creative directors at Givenchy, Prada and Roberto Cavalli who frequently use leopardskin and snakeskin prints. And this is not just for womenswear.
We are all animals after all and just as our ancestors wore animal skins and hides not just to keep warm but also show what tribe they were part of, so the trend continues today!
Written by www.MilanStyle.co.uk, The men’s international style and fashion destination.
Backstage with the gorgeous boys at the Roberto Cavalli Menswear show in Milan we asked them what they love about this utterly italian label’s style and took a peek behind the scenes as everyone got ready for the Spring/Summer 2012 show.
“Riviera Chic” was the look and feel of the Roberto Cavalli menswear S/S 2012 show, set in the gardens of Palazzo Serbelloni, the sun came out making for a beautiful early evening setting that complemented the collection perfectly. Never for the faint hearted, the signature exotic skins were inserted into trousers and sharply cut jackets, however, there was also a sense of change as white and pin stripes also worked their way in creating an interesting effect and adding a new dimension to the line that is perfect for the european jet set.
When Tommaso Bencistà Falorni decided to bring together some of the most prestigious names in Tuscany to raise money for the Meyer Onlus children’s charity we couldn’t wait to be involved. With beautiful food provided by Galateo catering, we were treated to great wine and a delicious, modern take on some traditional tuscan dishes. There was also the talented Magicboola brass band playing outside the store and then on the terrace where Daniele Cavalli and Asia Argento took to the turn tables to get guests in the mood to celebrate this great cause. Rocco and Lola Toscani were also taking photos of the guests on our packed terrace that got even more crowded when the Mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, and legendary italian designer Roberto Cavalli decided to drop in and join the fun as well!
Maybe it was the influence of stylist Panos Yiapanis, who has recently moved to Cavalli, but the A/W 2011 collection definitely has a darker edge. This new, slightly tough and even more punk, feel gave Cavalli’s collection a new lease of life. The floating transparent skirts worked the signature leopard prints in new ways and the hand stitched brocade was used in a tougher way than we’ve seen before. It would seem Cavalli’s rock princess has found a new, darker and all together more modern and relevant path that was a refreshing offering from the historic italian label.
Roberto Cavalli’s inimitable brand of seventies inspired rock chic took on a more subtle tone this season. As the Jim Morrison-esque models strutted down the catwalk we saw sharp tailored suits in softer tones, the signature animalier prints reduced to silk foulards tied elegantly round the neck. The long over coats and fedora hats added a more austere feeling to Tony Ward’s multiple exits but there were always little flashes of fur to keep us all aware of the true essence of the Italian houses legendary glam style.
It’s getting colder outside and what better way to beat the cold than in style; with lots of layers! Wedges were everywhere at fashion week and these beautiful Rick Owen‘s boots are perfect. A bit of bling adds some extra sparkle to this look and helps keep those winter blues at bay!
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Happy 40th Anniversary Roberto Cavalli! No one does the rock infused, boho glam with quite the Italian edge that you have and we would like to congratulate you on a wonderful 40 years of head turning prints that keep fashionistas in the front row coming back for more each season.