Roberto Cavalli on the runway Menswear Spring 2009 Milan
Roberto Cavalli on the runway Menswear Spring 2009 Milan

MILAN, Jun 29, 2008 / FW/ — Entitled ‘Bohemian Safari’ with the prints so stylized that the traditional animal prints and jungle shapes and forms, Roberto Cavalli can easily be a purveyor of electric dreams.

With almost everything in digital format nowadays, it is so easy to morph a natural shape into something unrecognizable. Thank goodness that Roberto Cavalli did not fall into that trap. Though he probably utilized today’s high tech tools, you can still his hand as a designer.

Take the ‘enlarged leaf’ print for instance. At first glance, you don’t see it as a leaf. Then, your eyes start to focus on the ‘veins’ and the different shades of green that sometimes turn to purple, and you realized that it is a leaf seen under a magnifying glass.

Or the animal prints on the swimsuits. The background colors were changed into the summery shades of blue, green and orange, but you can still recognize the leopard spots. Saving the best for last, how about the collarless leather jacket that is ‘woven’ using tribal weaving techniques.

Photos by LISA HELM

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