Designer Fausto Puglisi presented ROBERTO CAVALLI Spring Summer 2022 Menswear Collection, that pays tribute to the iconic boxer Mike Tyson, and equally iconic artist Andy Warhol, with a video directed by Tommaso Ottomano. The collection, that celebrates self-expression, revisits and reimagines idea of masculinity – assertive and bold yet sensual and open-minded, both strong and fragile at the same time. It’s deeply influenced by the world of boxing, and it features pieces such as bandages wrap around the body; boots and gladiator sandals and sneakers, robes, and maxi elastic waistbands. The collection was also inspired by the brand’s heritage and early 2000s style, as well as with Roberto Cavalli‘s 2005 Serpentine fragrance. Fashion photographer Francis Delacroix captured the lookbook featuring models Jaad Belgaid, Russel White, Madior Fall, Junho Ock, Jonas Barros, Alessio Pozzi, Andrea Silenzi, Andrea Silenzi, Paco Diouf, Hasan Ali, and Simone Bricchi.
Mike Tyson is one of the last living pop icons and beyond being a boxing champion, he is also a stylish man, with a very personal and eccentric taste, but more than the undisputed boxing champion and American icon, his personal story is also a tale of survival, struggle and resilience. He embodies America in both the American Dream and all the possibilities it holds but also its reverse. Tyson may not be your regular perfect hero, but he is a man who fell and got up more than once in his life. The chance of having him in the campaign for my first menswear collection for Cavalli excited me not only because he is an icon and someone I have always admired for his style and imagery, but I also think working with him sparks healthy controversy and conversation. People often see only what they want to see – most people don’t know he has his own foundation, is an advocate for mental health and has his own CBD company and podcast series. Looking at all that he has survived to be where he is now, that takes true grit and resilience. To me that grit, resilience and personal sense of style embodies the core essence of Cavalli. – Fausto Puglisi
“Tingeing with the delicate shades of a dawn on the desert or with the vibrant colors of a sunset in Miami Beach, they are printed on uncomplicated yet precious silk twill shorts, shirts, pajama sets and impeccable sartorial blazers. But the iconic motifs are also recreated with jacquard and patchwork techniques on tactile knits and nylon bombers, while the jaguar spots and the zebra stripes create the new United States of Cavalli omnipresent flag. Keeping up with the brand’s 70s DNA, denim is the protagonist. Washed, dyed, spray painted or printed with feline heads, it seduces with an artsy, eccentric vibe. Soft constructions define the tailoring, adding to the collection a touch of revisited sartorial elegance interpreted through a modern filter.” – from Roberto Cavalli