MILAN — However grim the headlines, dire the latest trending topics, or dank the memes skimming to the tops of your feeds, the 1970s in the hands of Peter Dundas will invariably be an unending source of life-affirming vitality. This much was the case Wednesday evening for the Roberto Cavalli Spring / Summer 2017 runway show at Palazzo Spinola near the city center, mere steps from the Duomo. To that end, patchwork (denim, Navajo blankets, embroidered silk, and more) provided the label’s creative director a most direct route to kitting out his Cavalli Cats, those pioneering, pagan travelers seeking love, enchantment, and errething that’s nice in one unending Age of Aquarius. On the evening 11 models from across the Next network featured in the runway show including Grace Hartzel, Lorena Maraschi, Marjan Jonkman, Lineisy Montero, Anna Lund, Jay Wright, Odette Pavlova, Julie Hoomans, Juju Ivanyuk, Selena Forrest, and Lia Pavlova. Never mind that the seventies were as grim, if not grimmer (see also Khmer Rouge) than today’s amnesiac news cycle, but patchworking only the best and seductive bits from the decade is something for which Dundas has an almost praeternatural ability.

Credits include: Client, Roberto Cavalli; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Spring / Summer 2017; Clothing design, Peter Dundas; Styling, George Cortina; Hair, Eugene Souleiman; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Production, Bureau Betak; Casting, Jess Hallett; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.