If the name Roberto Cavalli makes you think of bold animal prints and body-conscious silhouettes, you’ll recognize the designer’s longtime signatures in 2018’s spring-summer collection. But with his debut for the brand, creative director Paul Surridge also proves he’s the refreshing perspective it was seeking. A statement from Cavalli cites Surridge’s mindfulness of the modern woman’s life – she’s described as “strong, powerful, a chameleon, constantly in motion.” The result? A daytime wardrobe “that is dynamic, athletic, and real.”
What that’s manifested into are pieces that pay homage to the design house’s innate glamour – with fine leather and skins aplenty – but are intentionally wearable for everyday. Zebra and leopard patterns are still crafted in quality Italian textiles, but are seen now in sportier shapes like an easy wide-leg pant. Knits come into play, too, along with gowns that are more subtly sexy than fussy. Bold, geometric jewelry is a less obvious interpretation of luxury, while the handbags – in lizard and pony – are at once rich, polished, and contemporary.
Scroll down for highlights from the collection, featuring a warm, natural color palette inspired by the landscape of Tuscany.
Images courtesy of Roberto Cavalli.