A terrific collection at terrific prices.
Go, now, run dont walk.
I underestimated how popular this range would be.
Released today, the collection had 42 pieces including shoes. Every item is shown on this blog, along with what body shapes & complexions best suit the item.
The collection has a number of distinct themes, all very Roberto.
1. Black tuxedo suit and cocktail dresses, with some gold and black sparkly separates.
2. The animal zoo:
a) a leopard/floral print;
b) a teal giraffe print;
c) a zebra print;
d) a taupe animal print
e) a teal python/animal print
The Bondi Junction store completely sold out within hours (Mr Cavalli was there at 9 am helping the sales boost).
My local store, Carlingford, only received limited stock and frankly, I dont think people in this suburb know what "designer" means, so the collection didnt look too hammered by late afternoon.
But the stock at Parramatta and Macquarie (which are both classified as large stores) was smashed by COB today.
So why did Roberto sell so well & Stella McCartney didnt?
Brands which traditionally rely on being cute and flashy will always sell better ON THE HIGH STREET than brands which traditionally rely on quality of fabric & cut. hence why Cavalli is walking out the door, but the Stella McCartney Tar-jay collection hung around for ages & was eventually reduced to sell.
All of Roberto's trademarks were present in this collection -
resort wear (swimmers & kaftans), leopard print, zebra print, bold florals mixed with the animal prints, metal accents in gold, short dresses, print maxis, ruffles & slim cuts on the daywear.
The quality was great & for the price, super great.
The stitching was good, both on clothes and shoes. I loved the use of cotton on the pieces where cotton was suitable (& not icky synthetic). The prints were nicely done. There were elements of binding on internal seams (so much nicer than exposed overlocking). The gold bits on the garments were heavy, not tinny.
Note to self: Dont soak the items for ages - the gold will rust. (I have a tendency to soak for days - I leave the items in the laundry & forget to go back for days...the result of having too many clothes perhaps....??)
Very consistent standard pricing
The trench was the most expensive item at $129.
Tuxedo jacket was $99
Long dresses at $99
Short dresses at $89, except for the cocktail dress at $99
Tops or shorts at $59, including swimmers
Pants & skirts at $69
Sequin top $69
Shoes (all synthetic) $59 - $89
Warning - particularly applicable to on line buyers
It may be dangerous to buy any item in the leopard/floral print on-line.
The different patterns within the leopard/floral print differ in their placement on practically every garment, even between garments of the same size. It's almost like every leopard/floral item is unique, but in reality, its a cost saving technique which is employed when the garments are cut.
And the point is?
When a fabric consists of a pattern with many variations - vibrant, muted, pale, dark, warm tones and cool tones, I want to make sure the right patterns/colours are placed on the parts of my body which are flattered best by those patterns/colours.
I want the florals near my face & the leopard away from my face.
I want the print around my torso b/c I dont like see through patterns around my tummy.
I hate pale colours near my face as they wash me out.
I wont be able to make these choices if I buy on line - you can only do this type of selection in the store.
Also the model's version of the leopard/floral items will not be the version you will receive in the mail.
Are you willing to take that risk by buying leopard/floral items on line?
I wouldnt, but that's just me.
Finally, here are the goodies....
|The showpiece, a flirty poly chiffon, fully lined. $89. Notice how the different parts of the print are located at different spots on the body?|
Great for busty types. Make sure the colours near your face are the ones that flatter you.
|The ruffle top definitely looks better on a busty girl.|
|Classic Cavalli print maxi - the boob area has gathers and is easy to fit. Fully lined. $99|
|Teal giraffe print maxi, fully lined. $99. Bust uses gathers, not darts, so is easy to fit.|
|The on-line version showing the floaty sides.|
|This is the boob area of the scarf dress - is shaped by darts (not gathers). This makes it harder to fit well as the nipple has to sit at the outer most part of the cup. Good luck with fit on this. Probably one in a million or so....|
|Bra friendly straps & a terrific cocktail look. $89 Best for busty girls. Black jersey, easy to fit & flatter. Avoid if you have a small bust.|
|Impressive - good for small busts & rectangles. $69.|
|Satin striped tuxedo pant & a hot pant, both with the animal print band on the waistband.|
Match the jacket But IMO, better to wear these as separates. $69 each.
|Matching cotton/lycra pencil skirt, cant recall whether lined, but the back kick pleat has the leopard on the kick pleat and the waist has the band of leopard as well. $69.|
|Cotton/lycra white narrow pant with leopard soft fabric belt - Liz Hurley would be proud. $69.|
|Same as the leopard wrap above. See above. $89.|
|The trench - the only thing over $99 - it's $129. 100% cotton, well seamed & will look wonderful open or closed. Self belt & wear collar up or down. Terrific for larger sizes. The patch pockets & the epaulettes looked lovely.|
|Same as above, in a different print. Again, warm tones. $59. I love this style. It's elegant.|
|Poly top with gold buttons down the front. this was another lame one. It wasn't a poly chiffon, but a poly like those stretch versions we wore in the 70s. Eeeeww...$59. Cute concept, badly executed IMO.|
|Here's the other item that called out to me.....poly chiffon cami with double ruffle on hem & drawstring at the top of the ruffle. Side zip & hook & eye closure. Great work. Easily worth $49.|
Here are my requirements:
1. I am fair skinned with dark hair, so I need vibrant colour near my face.
2. I have a cool complexion, so warm tones near my face kill me.
3. I have a tummy, so the peplum needs to sit just at the right place to flatter.
4. I have a big bum, so the peplum needs to be wide enough to flatter.
5. I am long in the body, so my most flattering peplum sits low.
6. I dont like wearing see through tops and this one is not lined through the torso, so this will be tricky.
Do you have any idea how many of these I looked at & discarded even though they were all in my size?
Yep, I look & look until I find something that works & if I cant find it, I dont buy it.
Here are some of the rejects:
|On the left: Too much pale & see through around neckline & through tummy area.|
In the middle: Too much pale & see through, but the ruffle area looked too artificially stuck on.
On the right: Too much leopard near the face, making me look ill.
You may think I am a fusspot - well, yes I am. But when I stand in front of the mirror and look at each of these, I see big differences. Hence I want to make sure I am spending my money on the most flattering version of the print.
And the WINNER is:
|Not too much leopard near the face.|
The print on the ruffles flows reasonably well from the torso print.
Enough vivid colour near the face.
Heaps of print on the torso, so isnt see through.
|Gorgeous one piece ($59) with padded cups, worn with the black short ($69).|
|Again, notice how the prints vary over the body parts? Best for hourglass. Cups are padded, but its not the best style for a pear. Cups are too skimpy for busty types. Caveat: Metal on the body in the sun can burn. $59.|
|Unlined except for the padded area at the bust. Good one piece for sunning or swimming, but again, note the metal bits on the ends of the ties. $59.|
|Not impressed with these - they looked too chunky even though they are not platforms. $69. Also in a jaguar print.|
|Glamour sandal with the statement RC serpent. Cute & I loved the boxes, wrapping. $69 for the heels & $59 for the flats. Also in jaguar colour.|
|Faves for me. Synthetic & fabric with rubber soles. $59.|
I didnt buy though, b/c I have a couple of animal ballet flats which are cheapies and I never wear them (not comfy) - didnt want to risk the same thing with these...
|I dont recall seeing this top in the stores I stalked..oops, visited....|
|I cant recall this dress either - but its pluses & minuses are the same as the baby doll dress which was listed first in this post.|
|I dont recall seeing this top either...as shown, good for large busts, but the empire line would also work well for small busts. Make sure the border print doesnt sit along the widest part of your hips, otherwise you will look even bigger.|
|I didnt see the gold lame top. Lovin' the trench though.|
|I didnt see the tee bar shoes with the peep toe...|
So what will you be buying from this range?