Roberto Cavalli Spring 2013 RTW

Launch Slideshow

SHOW: Roberto Cavalli, Spring 2013

THEME: Art Nouveau

ACCESSORIES: Handbags in slashed material, coordinating handbag-clothing combos in bold prints, sunglasses with ornate trim around the frames, strappy high heels, and animal-emblazoned bracelets.

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: There were wild prints, slashed material, dramatic cutouts, and lingerie-like dresses. And yet, the vibe of Roberto Cavalli's show was not the steamy, sexpot-fueled jaunt down the runway that you'd think. It was, dare we even say, demure at times.

Maybe it was all the white that kicked off the show that kept things more virginal and less va-va-voom. Cavalli paired white pants in shredded material with a cropped white jacket for a sophisticated look. There were also lace-embroidered pants that came across as refined when dressed with a buttoned-up white top that had matching embroidery.

While Cavalli prints usually call to mind a bombshell in a form-fitting cheetah pattern (Carrie Bradshaw, anyone?), his spring collection embraced nature-inspired designs in citron and apricot shades for a vibe that was more serene than screen siren.

Now of course there's no way to deny that his black creations—some of which had cutout sides and deep v necklines—were sexy. But their breezy skirts and drop-waist silhouettes (there was just a touch of 1920s to the shape) kept the mood light.

Cavalli's next challenge? Red vinyl. If he could make red vinyl look refined, he would be a true magician.

FRONT ROW: Elizabeth Hurley, Leona Lewis