I should post some shots of my Cavalli shrine soon.
His commercial creations have always had an appealing visual simplicity to them. I'm partial to his older approach with the yin-yang ventilation holes and colorful volume knobs, but his newer direction is really something else. Your word choice of "understated elegancy" is perfect.
It's the feel of them in use that really gets me.
Guess I'm a fangirl.