“For me it’s powerful glamour,” Paul Surridge said. “Sensuality is always going to be there, because that’s what I said I would stand for, but when you start breathing the culture of the company there’s a lot of talk about glamour.
“I’m here to push forward the brand, not maintain a previous existence. I’m respecting the codes but also very conscious that this industry feeds on new.” His proposal was - not without courage in these explosive times - a take on sexy. He expressed it in a stereotypical take on alluring party dressing: lurex-threaded, skintight, floor-length gowns with cutouts serving as windows to the body, a micro-sequinned water-like dress that clenched to the skin, and a little pink chainmail cocktail dress with feather embellishment. “This season is about legs and décolleté. Cavalli has always been about friskiness, which means flirtatious and fun,” Surridge said.Roberto Cavalli, who now spends most of his time in retirement on a island outside of Stockholm, made big business distilling and bottling the sexiness of the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Now, the answer to Surridge’s question lies in redefining what sexy means for a new view of the world.