Roberto Cavalli spring/summer 2011 February 6, 2011

MILAN – ITALIAN fashion icon Roberto Cavalli on Monday celebrated 40 years in the business – and 70 years on the planet – with a gala event to unveil his spring/summer 2011 collection.

A massive showroom built for the occasion stretched from Milan’s Arco della Pace, the monument visible from the catwalk through a clear plastic roof. At the other end, giant stylised green palm trees suggested Hollywood glam.
Minimal tops and short jackets teamed with billowing low-slung skirts or hip-hugging bell bottoms for a longer silhouette, made busy with an abundance of fringes hanging from sleeves, handbags or down the front from tiny bustiers, some in graduated hues.

Colours – beige, faded green, lilac – took a back seat to designs that celebrated bare flesh, in backless tops, open-work panels down the leg or spiralling round a torso, in crocheted creations leaving unused string for yet more fringes, and in styles with the midriff as the focal point.

For evening, the fringes disappeared to be replaced by strass and gold leaf appliques while the peekaboo effect persisted with the use of strategically placed sheer panels.