Journalists swarmed around Roberto Cavalli ahead of his fall men’s show, thrusting their microphones and soliciting his opinion on all manner of current affairs, and fashion. He’s something of a rock star among Milan’s old guard of designers, and dresses like one too: Sunglasses, leather pants and a flashy jacquard tuxedo jacket.
The runway didn’t stray far from that lounge-lizard template — all skinny jeans and leathers; slick dinner jackets in animal prints, and pointy Western boots.
His was a polished and dressy take on rock style, baroque patterns painstakingly realized with pony skin and velvet applique on a dramatic poncho; tiny gold studs tracing filigree swirls on a perfecto.
Cavalli also went whole hog for real fur: first dabbing it on the collars of trim black Beatles topcoats, and then unleashing beefy Chewbacca coats, intarsia ones made into fantasy creatures.
The collection was tame by Cavalli standards – and all the more approachable for it.