The Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2016 Men’s Milan Fashion Week collection, under the creative direction Peter Dundas, featured looks that scream 70’s rockstar turned dandy. With what looks like a continuation of the androgyny and 70’s trends for SS16, Cavalli’s MFW FW16 show was full of velvet jackets, flowing sheer shirts, animal print and snakeskin, scarves and ascots, and denim. The color palette featured dusty rose, browns and mustards- appropriate earth tones given the theme, varying greens- from sage to army green, turquoise, plum, gray, rust, orange, burnt golden rod, and burgundy. At first sight, rock stars like Steven Tyler come to mind, and that, as it turns out, was Dundas’ inspiration- according to WWD, “I looked at many musicians, like Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, Keith Richard, Serge Gainsbourg, Jimi Hendrix and also George Harrison — my favorite of The Beatles.”
There was no lack of prints: polka dots, florals, tiger stripes, leopard, floral and dragonfly embroidery. There were many separates, and it does lend itself well to being trendy and wearable fashion. Dundas may have brought about edited cohesion to the brand- we know Cavalli for his bold prints and colors, but sometimes the collections would be a bit out there; it was true to the brand’s aesthetic, on-trend, and well executed.