Peter Dundas took inspiration from early 20th-century bohemianism for the Roberto Cavalli Fall 2016 RTW collection. He cited Orientalism through the 1930’s as well as illustrator Aubrey Beardsley.

Beardsley took inspiration from Japanese woodcarvings, and was an influential artist in the Aesthetic and Art Nouveau movements. Dundas is speaking my language. “It was about decadent women idols of that time, as well as mysticism and the occult,” explained Dundas. Even better.Beardsley-peacockskirtIt was certainly bohemian, with a 1970’s glam rock vibe with midi skirts, long metallic scarves, fur lined jackets, purple velvet, fringed silk, and jacquard in rich jewel tones. A cropped black velvet jacket sequinned in silver floral sits over high waisted brown diamond pattern trousers with a purple undertone. A fringed tiger stripe scarf finishes off the rock and roll look. I want that outfit yesterday.

A gold lame over sheer long sleeved maxi turns the collection toward a more gypsy feel with a faux gold medallion belt low on the waist. A fur embellished faux crocodile print duster coat flutters down the runway, revealing a barely there black lace slip dress. A gold metallic pleat midi is paired with a belted animal print plunge top. Sparkly gold animal print!

It’s all a bit youthfully flamboyant…opulent. A collection entirely for the fearless fun seekers and adventurers. Paired with a bohemian Art Nouveau concept, the 1970’s glam rock really works.



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