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Suzy Menkes

Vogue International Editor Suzy Menkes is the best-known fashion journalist in the world. After 25 years commenting on fashion for the International Herald Tribune (rebranded recently as The International New York Times), Suzy Menkes now writes exclusively for Vogue online, covering fashion worldwide.

Roberto Cavalli: A Show of Light

Milan Fashion Week Day Four

21 Сентября 2014

“I feel happy with summer. I like the light, the sun and the colours — it is the easiest time for me,” said Roberto Cavalli, front-of-stage by his catwalk made of wood planking, like a path to the beach except with shiny gilded sides.

“The Light of Summer” was the show’s title, and Cavalli started with a display of swimming-pool blue, sunshine yellow and juicy oranges on wildly patterned dresses. Oh no! Please not those 1970s again!

But Cavalli’s illumination was much more subtle than a game of tones. There was light seeping through a white lace dress, and emanating from a white fur bag. Black dresses filtered light through transparent fabrics. And brightness bounced off crocodile skin.

Sparkles glimmered from dark denim, or a white shirt set off blue-jean fabric. The white materials were often crunchy and three dimensional in their different takes on lace.

Maybe it is Cavalli’s passion for nature photography that has fed into a sense of subtlety and shadow play. Just for once, the collection would have looked just as good photographed in black and white.


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