It’s simply not a Roberto Cavalli collection without mesmerizing prints and the strategic use of color. These elements bring together the brand’s formalwear, street styles, and wardrobe essentials. A preview of the Roberto Cavalli Pre-Fall 2019 collection made its debut last week at a temporary brand store event in New York City’s Seaport District. Even though the brand is moving in a new direction this season, pattern and compelling artistic styling are still at the forefront of the lookbook.
Paul Surridge took over as Roberto Cavalli Creative Director about a year ago – coming from menswear designing for brands like Calvin Klein, Burberry, Jil Sander, and ZZ Zegna. He has made it no secret that he plans to keep the Cavalli label relevant with the changing times.
“I’ve inherited the vision of someone else and I am here to bring that vision into what I would call a relevant contemporary place,” he shared in a 2017 interview with Vogue. When I think about Cavalli and the origin of Cavalli I think about a man with a passion for material, technique, craftsmanship. And that is something I feel very strongly too.”
Through this Roberto Cavalli Pre-Fall 2019 collection, we can get a clear sense of Surridge’s vision – and where he is venturing in terms of womenswear as well.
“Cavalli has always been feminine, but femininity has moved on from traditional ideas of glamour,” Surridge said about the new designs, via WWD. “It’s a global business and I need it to be accessible. We’re all changing our codes and our values.”
The latest design offerings are full of stunning coats, patchwork designs, and classic animal prints reimagined. Festive tropical floral prints were created in collaboration with the Chilean artist José Pedro Godoy for this line as well. Layered, mixed, and blended, this collection is a treat in terms of visuals.