Cavalli finds inspiration in China, Versace goes for colourful and futuristic for A/W2015-16

Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli presents a collection combining his trademark animal prints with ancient Chinese elements while future is bright and playful at the Versace Autumn/Winter2015-16 show at the Milan Fashion Week.

MILAN, ITALY (FEBRUARY 28, 2015) (REUTERS) – Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli drew inspiration from ancient Chinese shapes and colours for his Autumn/Winter 2015-16 collection which he presented at the Milan Fashion Week on Saturday (February 28).

While the Middle Country provided the collection’s inspiration, Italian craftsmanship and tailoring were used to complete the look.

Speaking to Reuters Television before the catwalk presentation, Cavalli said China had served as his starting point but essentially he wanted to create a collection that was global and modern.

Cavalli’s trademark animal prints were also present in the look that the designer defined as “fun”.

“I love the Chinese design, that is the reason I got the inspiration for the gold, the antique Chinese design which was very nice. At the same time I got inspiration from some other..a lot of print, as usual and I used very very skirt that make you understand that it’s not Chinese, long coats, very sensual evening gowns, of course a little bit of animal print it is my invention in fashion. You will have fun. A lot of colours,” said Cavalli.

Skirts at the Roberto Cavalli show were either super short or very long and worn with long coats.

Chinese elements such as large golden pagoda buttons and Ming vase inspired floral motifs in golden metal were used as details on the dresses and shoes. A windowpane check print used in column coats, dresses and fur coats was inspired by Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai’s movie “In The Mood For Love”, the designer said in a press statement.

Cavalli’s new “Heroine” bag was worn either as a maxi clutch or as a shoulder bag.

Donatella Versace’s vision for autumn-winter 2015-16, meanwhile, was bright and logoed.

Models walked the red Plexiglas catwalk at the Versace fashion show on Friday evening (February 27) in bright red, green and yellow thigh high boots. The bright primary colours were also used in mono-colour outfits comprising of capes, fur coats and tight trousers.

Colour was also used for crystal embroidery that spelled out the fashion house’s name on black dresses and one-pieces.

Versace key pattern dresses also featured yellow, blue, green and red.

The more simple black outfits were made to stand out with cut out patterns across the chest or combined with large buckled belts and logo printed tights.

The Milan Fashion Week runs until Monday, March 2, when Giorgio Armani will reveal his main line collection while super duo Dolce and Gabbana are due to present their new collection on Sunday (March 1).