Animal prints, ultra low rise trousers, shorter than short shorts, fringe, feathers, studs, leather, and sheer fabrics fashioned into flowing boho-meets-rock style dresses all made their way, as per usual, down the runway full throttle at the Spring 2012 Just Cavalli show. This season was hailed as a second coming of Robert Cavalli’s lower priced line as the brand is no longer under the licensing control of Ittierre SpA, but rather under that of Staff International. The result was a mix of tasteful and, unfortunately, tasteless looks. Would even the most self-confident body-flaunting fashion-minded woman opt to wear metallic green low-rise slim cut trousers with a midriff and collar bone-baring printed top and peep-toe booties? I hope not.
Just Cavalli was successful, however, when it stuck with more minimal pieces like sheer monochrome blouses, which one could easily layer “in real life” over opaque tanks, multicolored fur vests, and tightly cropped jackets. The real collection stunner was the beautiful sheer finale animal print gown. As for the recurring hot pants, leather looks, and stud-detailed pieces, had they been just a little more understated (and as for the pants, just a smidgen longer), they would have been infinitely more appealing, but I suppose that “less” unless it pertains to hemline length, is just not the Cavalli way.