Roberto Cavalli began his business in Rome selling leather patchworked jackets and jeans. The Fall 2017 collection was light years away from those hippie beginnings, but it did take original materials—such as snakeskin and animal print— as the starting point. Strips of python, chiffon-printed leopard print, tortoiseshell, sequins, ostrich feathers, and crystals were intricately embroidered on sheer bodycon gowns. There were short dresses elaborated with graphic, padded patterns in the configuration of the scales of reptile skin. This process was repeated three times over, in white, neutral, and black.