Only two Just Cavalli collections have fallen under Peter Dundas’ purview as Cavalli’s overall brand creative director, but he’s made a world of difference with the line already. It hasn’t looked this relevant in some time. For pre-fall, he referenced Debbie Harry as muse and, for fall, he went deeper into the Seventies/Eighties New York downtown rock era, setting up a mock Factory/CBGB’s hybrid space, covered in foil and club posters. Show notes described the look as “a sporty, urban and youthful collection for baby rockers.”
That’s exactly what it was — young, bright, sexy and fun in an almost wholesome way. Dundas was smart to temper his proclivity for rocker allure with a playful innocence. A fitted patchwork leather bomber was worn over a long, wispy bohemian dress in a black-and-red cat print. One model in cat-eye glasses wore a red leather moto jacket with a furry leopard print collar over a rockabilly shirt and a sparkly black mini with little pin-up girls on it. Fishnets and pointy patent lace-up booties finished the look. Quality was good — nothing appeared cheap.
There was a note of Saint Laurent lite in the air, but who cares? The rebellious teenage musician aesthetic didn’t originate there, and has always felt more akin to the contemporary market anyway. Just Cavalli rocked it.