roberto cavalli

Extraordinary Spring 2002 Roberto Cavalli Runway Look 5 Hand Painted Distressed Suede Full Length Coat

I literally did the gasp when I saw this coat in person for the first time. Cavallie said at the time that the theme of this collection was "a modern fairy tale" and the pieces had a bit of a folky feel to them. The suedes were distressed, softened and made to look aged. The twin of this coat walked the runway for Look 5 and I love that we have reference photos from the runway and video so you can see how fantastic this on and it moves. Alek Wek is the model who walked in its twin and she was spectacular in it. This is a very special piece and one that was produced in extremely limited quantities and is an extremely rare thing to have acquired. On a modern note, none other than Beyonce just happen to have worn its twin, giving it full rock star royalty provenance. I am very pleased to have this in the shop. I feel like this is the best of the best of what Cavalli does and with a Beyonce stamp of approval it is that much better.

Even without the Beyonce provenance this is a killer coat. When my client purchased it, it was the only one being sold in the shop. These were made in extremely limited quantities and only available at very select locations. It is a very rare piece. The cut is fantastic. It has no collar and the front comes down into a V to the waist. There is a series of brass hooks that close it at the waist and then the skirt of the coat falls out around you. At the back the waist is brought in with a series of soft rounded vertical folds that extend above and below the waist area. This helps to give the volume that you see through the bottom of the coat and adds a stunning bit of detailing. The coat skims over the hips and widens as it nears the hem. Just below the knee there is an added panel of that same ultra soft suede. It is set over the suede above it so that it creates a little visual ruffle around its top and then it is gathered all the way around in soft folds to create that ruffle feel. The sleeves are long and each one ends in an eight inch cuff that picks up on that same silhouette as the lower skirting. The suede is a work of art in its own right. It is wonderfully soft and has been scuffed and aged so that it feels like something that existed for decades and decades. Florals have been cut out directly into the suede from top to bottom and this allows that amazing lining to show through. The lining is a combination of his signature leopard print with a coral pink painted feeling silk and you can see that lining through where all the cut outs are. The inside of this coat is almost as beautiful as the outside. They actually used cording to help support where they have gathered in the silk at the small of the back to create the rolls. The effect when you move and you see that flash of lining is fantastic and is the keystone to the entire design. The coat also comes with its original piped belt that you can wrap and tie around the waist for the perfect finishing detail. I can't rave enough about this coat. It is a literal work of art. Excellent condition with a small note below.

Fully lined in a printed silk that has the Cavalli signature worked into its pattern. Cording holds the back pleating in place and gives it structure. The suede is intentionally distressed and any marks on it, or on the silk, are there on purpose. The occasional edges of some of the suede flower detailing has lifted from the silk and again I believe this to be a purposeful part of the coat. I do see some minor stress to some of the silk on the inside seams. Please see the photo after the label shot. Tagged a Cavalli eight. Hand finishes

Sleeves: 22.75"
Shoulders: 15.5"
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total length: 60" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4732

Reference Photos/Video: (1-3) Spring 2002 Roberto Cavalli, Look 5. Model Alek Wek.  /  (4-6) Beyonce, June 2024.

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