Milan Fashion Week, Spring '09: Roberto Cavalli
Milan Fashion Week, Spring '09: Roberto Cavalli

Cavalli's moody prairie Fall collection didn't float my boat, but his flavorful Spring collection sure does. I know designers feel the pressure to switch things up, but when your forte is mad prints and dramatic cuts, your fans tend to lean on you for such splendor. Cavalli delivered the goods, while showing some new angles.From frilly cocktail dresses to daring black gowns, Cavalli brings the heat. His tailoring skills also proved impressive, via rosebud print mini dresses made of structure and folds. Some pastel separates reminded me of Zac Posen's Spring collection — there's a comparison I've never made before. Ultimately, the daring gowns won me over. You couldn't get me out of this icy flouncy strapless number if you tried.

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