Runway Report: Roberto Cavalli SS18

One can’t help but think Paul Surridge is on a bit of a mission – a mission to reinvent the Italian power brand that is Roberto Cavalli perhaps? A mission of longevity? Or perhaps to feel more current; more relevant? Whatever the objective, this season saw a line full of clean silhouettes and grown up styling.

Don’t get us wrong, the look certainly was glam and nods to the designer’s heritage were all there – chunky ethnic jewellery, wide tiger prints, skinny snakeskin pants and thigh-skimming cocktail dresses. The palette was more demure, using rich rusts, khaki and navy as accents to an otherwise monochrome beginning. Later, pastel tones provided a high-summer option, used for billowing flirty dresses with watercolour prints.

Tailoring was key, with animal print waistcoats worn atop suits with slinky wide leg pants. A structured biker jacket and matching skirt demonstrated precise craftsmanship and that Mr Surridge isn’t about frivolity. In amongst the red carpet-worthy frocks, pieces were timeless and versatile, not to mention entirely lust-worthy.

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