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Roberto Cavalli at Charles Vögele fashion days

“For the first time in my life I am choosing a man”, said Roberto Cavalli giving this year’s Annabelle award to Maxime Rappaz from Geneva. The 25-year old designer will be sent to Florence for one-year internship at the Cavalli studio. Last night he won the prestigious Swiss women magazine award among five finalists for his collection “Finally I opted for the square”. His inspiration: the lifting rectangle blinds of a building’s windows.
Minutes before giving the award, Roberto Cavalli presented his “Just Cavalli” collection at Puls 5 in the second day of the Charles Vögele Fashion Days in Zurich. The designer’s signature animal prints, shirt leather skirts and cropped jackets, cowboy studded boots and long fluid silk dresses and tunics made the audience raise with excitement and applause the 70-year old Italian fashion star. “No woman wants a boring dress. For me every woman is a star”, said Roberto Cavalli before his show. Dressed in his clothes the models looked like modern Amazonians with a mixture of romantic and Rock’N’Roll look. Bold and defiant the Cavalli woman is not afraid to show who she is.
The other stars of last night shows were the young Swiss Designers Eliane Diethelm and Joanna Skoczylasfrom Little Black Dress with their chic long evening dresses and flirty floral motifs, every day pieces in subdued yellow cinnamon and red. Aziza zina showed an inspired by the Jazz era collection with low waist dresses in dramatic lilac with purple hems and black lace, long pearl necklaces, cape sleeves, short coats with elegant pleated backs. The models were holding long cigarettes holders and their hairstyle was the popular Bob from the 20s. Javier Reyes impressed with raw fluid fabrics and sensual look in organic shades and bright colours; balloon sleeves and gauzy blouses with big pockets.
It is obvious that a central part of this and next season fashion collections are the stiff white collared blouses. The inspiration started with Marc Jacobs’ collection some months ago and his French chambermaids in skimming black dresses, white aprons and stockings. 

Tsitaliya Mircheva
Photos by Andaleeb Lilley

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