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Roberto Cavalli Fall 2012: Fantasy and Reality

MILAN, Feb 28, 2012/ FW/ — Designer Roberto Cavalli described his Fall 2012 collection as “the Eden of femininity” and then continues on to say that, “imaginary animals from pure fantasy [has been] born” with the illusory mix of pythons leather printed with tiger or jaguar motifs, furs printed with python motif, pony skins transformed into crocodile.

Gifted with a very fertile imagination, Roberto Cavalli always brings his audience to a world that he created. For Fall 2012, the Florentine designer astonished everyone by presenting a carpet of 39,000 roses that recreate the design of the tiger mantle: Schwarz black roses, bright copper color Cherry Brandy roses, brown Coffee Break roses, yellow Ilios roses on a bed of white roses and carnation.

A fantasy turned into reality, “an earthly paradise populated by creatures of fantasy,” the Fall 2012 Roberto Cavalli collection mixes miniskirts and “balloon” dresses that have been created with three-dimensional placed embroideries, in brocade or filleted fur, printed or inlaid.

Haute artisanship prevails throughout the collection. Leather punched sequin mixed with micro feathers. Embroidery in relief with three-dimensional effects that recreate animal mantles or reptile scales.

The jackets and coats made of black python leather or printed with ocelot or tiger mantle effect, have structured shoulders and a narrow waistline.

Sybaritic even futuristic at times, the Roberto Cavalli Fall 2012 collection is what sci-fi/fantasy writers dream of.

[MARI DAVIS]

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