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Animal prints turn to stone at Roberto Cavalli for Milan Fashion Week

Animal prints turn to stone at Roberto Cavalli for Milan Fashion Week

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Animal prints turn to stone at Roberto Cavalli for Milan Fashion Week

Animal prints are in the DNA of Italian fashion brand Roberto Cavalli, but this week, designer Fausto Puglisi turned the animal to mineral.

Puglisi turned his gaze to marble for his new collection at Milan Fashion Week, a new twist for the flamboyant brand known for its skin-baring, eye-popping styles.

Gone were the brand’s signature leopard, cheetah, zebra and python prints. Puglisi instead transformed those intricate designs into veins of marble in compelling grey, beige and white hues, and even green, mustard yellow and amethyst.

“I was very tired of animal print,” the creative director said backstage after the show.

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“Zebra is 20 years ago.”

If the animal skins appeared to have escaped the clutch of Roberto Cavalli, they reappeared Friday at Blumarine, where newly named designer Walter Chiapponi opened his show with a very glam (faux) leopard coat and chose leopard tights as his go-to accessory.

More than 50 brands are showing off Fall/Winter 2024-2025 women’s collections in Milan this week, attended by over 100,000 fashion buyers, media and brand representatives.

Whether on oversize puffer jackets, slinky dresses, trenchcoat or minis, Puglisi’s choice to represent marble was a refreshing departure for the label, sacrificing none of its flashy, sexy spirit but adding a touch of Baroque decadence.

Puglisi said he was inspired by his personal collection of antique marble.

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“I love it to death,” the Sicilian designer said of the colourful marble seen throughout Italy, whether in villas of Pompeii or the Baroque churches in Rome.

An inspiration board backstage included photos of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul — both decadent in their abundant use of ancient marble.

Puglisi said at first he was concerned that the marble would impart a cold feel to the clothing. He was proved wrong.

“Marble is very cold, but this is hot,” he said.

Bombers and bows

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If Cavalli managed to make cold hot, labels Max Mara, Fendi and Prada brought cozy back to the runway.

Ribbing and cable knits featured prominently, with new riffs on sweaters by Fendi’s Kim Jones, who saw them as modified shrugs or capes, only partially covering the body but adding an extra layer of luxury.

At Max Mara, creative director Ian Griffiths opened the show Thursday with the brand’s classic full-length wool coat — this one in navy, a sophisticated moneyed look.

In a collection inspired by French writer Colette, Griffiths brought sensuous volume to the backs of jackets, modifying them as ultra-chic bombers, while decorative pinking at the hems of long coats imparted a light touch.

A ribbed wool band evoking a kimono’s obi cinched the waist on black pants and skirts, while flat panels cascading from the back of a black miniskirt were a more minimalist, modern take on ruffles.

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At Prada’s runway show Thursday, models sauntered over a raised transparent floor covering grass and autumn leaves below in a show the co-designers Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons said was based on memory and history.

Strips of silk satin in black, pale pink or grape fluttered from the front of sleeveless shift dresses, while airy, transparent tunics came decorated with floral garlands in plush velvet.

Prada’s collection was marked by a “fusion of men’s sartorial references with lingerie and strict sharpness juxtaposed with bows and crystals”, said Harrod’s buyer Simon Longland.

Feminine twinsets in contrasting colours — purple and orange here, pink and moss green there — were paired with wool skirts past the knee with thick cuffs at the hem.

Whether at the shoulders, waist or bodice, bows peppered the collection, while rich fake sable adorned the shoulders, neckline and hem of cocktail dresses in ivory. 

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Maya Ali’s splendid Eid pics adored by fans

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Pakistan showbiz industry talented actor Maya Ali has uploaded a photo in white attire that left fans spell bounded.

She released a photo on the occasion of Eidul Fitr and the fans have loved the new photos of the Man Mayal actor.

The actor delicately choose the white dress on Eid and the fine work on the dress increased her beauty.

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Italian designer Roberto Cavalli dead at 83: Italian media

Italian designer Roberto Cavalli dead at 83: Italian media

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Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, whose penchant for python and flamboyant animal prints made him the darling of the international jet set for decades, died Friday at 83, news media said.

Italian news agency ANSA reported that the designer died at home in Florence, the city where he was born, after a long illness.

First seen in the 1970s on stars such as Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot, his skin-baring, eye-popping styles were still favoured years on by later generations of celebrities, from Kim Kardashian to Jennifer Lopez.

Cavalli had a taste for Ferraris, fat cigars and tailored shirts unbuttoned to expose his tanned chest. He married a Miss Universe runner-up, owned a purple helicopter and a Tuscan vineyard, and was on a first-name basis with Hollywood A-listers.

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Born November 15, 1940 in Florence, Italy’s premier leatherworking centre, Cavalli was known for his use of printed leather and stretchy, sand-blasted jeans.

The designer was tapped in 2005 to update the Playboy Bunnies’ scanty uniform — true to form, he introduced one version in leopard print. 

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Serbian runway honours shooting victim with Dior designs

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Jelena Acimovic is not a model, but on Friday evening she walked the runaway at Belgrade Fashion Week in a dress designed by Dior (DIOR.PA) after drawings by her 14-year old sister who was killed in a school massacre last year.

Angelina Acimovic was in history class when her classmate, a 13-year old boy, entered the school and killed nine pupils and a guard in a shooting spree.

“This dress is white and resembles a wedding dress, she did not live long enough to see me as bride,” Jelena said before the show.

To commemorate Angelina’s life, her family last year called on designers to make dresses after her drawings made when she was 10 years old and attended a designers course for children.

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Many Serbian designers responded and two dresses were made by Dior. Angelina’s two sisters, nine of her young friends and several professional models walked the runaway wearing dresses.

“In every drawing there was joy and beauty. She had a very serious approach,” said Bata Spasojevic, a Serbian designer who was among the first designers to respond to the Acimovic family’s call to revive their daughter’s sketches.


Angelina’s other sister, Marija, wore an elegant sleeveless pink dress with a train. Pink was Angelina’s favourite colour, she said.

“I am thinking about Angelina, that she is with us this evening and that she is happy with what we are doing,” Marija said.
Andjelko Acimovic, Angelina’s father, established a foundation named after his youngest daughter to commemorate her life.

“We believe that she is watching what we do and we will do everything to make her proud the way she made us proud,” Acimovic said.

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Last year 18 people were killed in two shootings – one in elementary school and another one in a small town outside Belgrade – on May 3 and 4.

The two shootings shocked Serbia and triggered the biggest anti-government protests since the Serbian Progressive Party took power in 2012, prompting the government to call a snap election.

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