Runway Review | Just Cavalli Resort 2015

Roberto Cavalli's Just Cavalli diffusion line is often inspired by far-flung destinations and exotic cultures, but Resort gave new meaning to the "urban jungle" cliché. The essence of the collection is a fierce creature who turns heads stomping the city sidewalks with kohl-rimmed eyes and hair streaming. Playing to the JC girl's active side, there were novelty trainers—fashion's sneaker obsession is still going strong—as well as athletic sweatshirts and windbreakers, which were updated in technical fabrications like neoprene, laser-cut nylon, and silver thermal paper similar to post-marathon space blankets. JustCavalli_008_1366.1366x2048 (1) As usual, vibrant prints, both floral and fauna, commanded the spotlight, but this time around, they had an almost graffiti-like quality in keeping with the gritty theme. They came placed or patchworked together with bold blocks of color on thigh-grazing minidresses, skintight leggings, and eye-catching bombers. Other highlights included graphic moto jackets, an electric Kool-Aid-hued leather sheath with lace insets that resembled claw marks, and the finale party frock with a sculptural drape in back. The collection's streetwise tone resonated a bit more with the here and now than the JC lineups usually do, a savvy development.

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