154. In a Few Days… Will Be 72!

Roberto & Robin Cavalli154. In a Few Days… Will Be 72!

Demanding 72 candles on my birthday cake, would mean a big cake, so… a big party … No way! “I AM THE PARTY! ‘

Do you remember my spot for H&M? That was five years ago.  Very nice!  That is, and has been my image… champagne… parties… and great jokes!
I’m a good actor! Or maybe, I was good to come up with this in a time when a rich and carefree look let people dream!  The mega party in Sardinia and the big boat that changes colors!  I was good at promoting my image to help my business!

Roberto-CavalliWhen I’m on a plane, I like to look out of the window… the vast blue sea… the immensity! A unit of measure without end… my thoughts turn to infinite time, to eternity!  As a young man when I was thinking of “the afterlife…” I tried to divert my mind… eternity upset me!

Today I’m not afraid of “the afterlife” the fear has turned into curiosity… a return to where we came from!

Addressing this wonderfully new and mysterious adventure… we all have an open ticket to the inevitable…! How nice it would be to make this long journey sitting next to a charming lady!

I’ve already accomplished so much… I spoke too much… sometimes I was funny… sometimes interesting… sometimes boring…

Il Posto Delle Fragole - Wild StrawberriesHave you seen the wonderful film “Wild Strawberries”? It is a black and white film by Ingmar Bergman. It is the story of an old professor who, after living a rigid life bound by a sense of duty, is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence… strict with himself and with others! He is invited to Stockholm to receive a major prize at the end of his career. During the long drive he is forced to rethink his whole life… including the relationship with his wife and children. He examines his conscience to see if he really deserves an award for how he has lived his life.  He realizes that he has been too stern, too selfish and has demanded too much from himself and from others!

This is a movie I have seen ten times.  I always feared that I was the professor. I can feel how he feels… from time to time I examine my own conscience… how many times have I judged myself… how many times have I blamed myself?   It is not success that makes me happy!  Success is a fantastic hobby to satisfy my EGO and prove to myself that I am capable of anything!

Too often I feel that the mission for which God has placed me on this earth is not yet completed. The “afterlife” must wait.  I really love my country and my countrymen and  wish to use my energy and my talents to help them through these difficult times!

I will let my seven grandchildren each make a wish then blow out the candles. Let us dedicate our lives to making their wishes come true and creating the promise for their future.   Let us be their guides and protect them while we can!

Vorrei dividere il mio amore con tutto il mondo! VENITE, NE HO PER TUTTI!  
[I would like to share my love with the whole world! COME, I HAVE LOVE FOR ALL!]

Roberto Cavalli

12 replies
  1. AnnaSofi
    AnnaSofi says:

    Ciao Mr. Cavalli! Oh yes I remember your spot for H&M. It was fabulous!!! Your slogan “Excess is my success” describes it perfectly! And of course “U R The Party” Roberto. Your appearance at any event makes it HUGE!!!
    November, 15 is a special day not for you only but for me as well. I’m your #1 fan and your Birthday is a great event! Sometimes I’m more excited about your Birthday than my own 🙂 Hope you don’t think I’m crazy or a stalker 😛 I just love you too much!!!

    Roberto to be honest I’ve always dreamt about sending you a Birthday card. Unfortunately I have no idea where to send it (the adress I mean) so it has a chance to reach you.

    Mr. Cavalli I’ve never seen the “Wild Strawberries”. The fact you’ve seen this movie 10 times makes me wanna watch it a.s.a.p. Maybe I do it tonight when I am back home from work.

    Thanks for sharing an amazing video of you!!! Watching it has put a big smile on my face till the very end. I loved you speaking in the end, so sincere and from your heart.

    Kisses and hugs



  2. yana
    yana says:

    15 Novembre sará il Suo compleanno? Che bel motivo per festeggiare:)))))))) porteró una piccola torta al lavoro:)))) mi considereranno pazza ma ne vale la pena:)))

    Dai, Roberto, non pensare al “dopo”, sei troppo giovane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sei piú giovane di migliaia di ventenni!!!!! Tutti questi progetti bellissimi, i 7 nipotini, i tuoi animali, millioni di donne – IL MONDO HA TROPPO BISOGNO DI TE!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Mirko
    Mirko says:

    Buongiorno Roberto
    questo post mi ha commosso! mi hai lasciato senza parole per la tua profonda umanità… hai dato tanto al mondo e molto ancora dovrai dare!
    e ricordati che tra me e te c’è un caffè in sospeso!

    grazie di cuore

  4. Jody Dreher-MacDonald
    Jody Dreher-MacDonald says:

    Hello Roberto~ Another Classic old B/W movie is “The Golden Earring”. Have you seen it? Its aboutan office executive that ends up w/ some traveling Gypsies. Where he gets his ear pierced w/ a golden earring…when he leaves the Gypsies he takes out the earring puts the suit back on & discovers that he enjoyed his gypsy life more!
    Thanks for the blog. “Hope you have a Fabulous 72nd Birthday! 🙂 jody

  5. Francesco
    Francesco says:

    Che dire, ci hai lasciato senza parole!
    A prescindere da tutto (e il tuo futuro è ancora mooooolto lungo e pieno di sorpese) sono sicuro che la tua vita fino ad oggi, è stata degna di essere vissuta.
    Come sono sicuro che la vita da oggi in poi lo sarà ancor di più, per tanto, tanto tempo…. 🙂
    E chi ha la fortuna di conoscerti veramente…..sà che è così!

    La vita è un gioco che si rinnova giorno dopo giorno……giochiamola! 🙂

    Un Abbraccio.

  6. Socialmediacolica (@talentosprecato)
    Socialmediacolica (@talentosprecato) says:

    Guardate, non è per nulla semplice incontrare qualcuno che parla con convinzione di “missione”, che la cerca come valore in sé e negli altri, che la usa come metro di giudizio dell’autenticità dell’impegno proprio e altrui. E’ davvero raro ascoltare qualcuno che ha ancora fiducia nella verità e che la desidera. Non mi riferisco a quella delle parole, ma a quella della tensione, del sogno, della passione. Verità irrazionale, che viene dal cuore e senza perché logicamente comprensibili. Quando succede è un miracolo, lo stesso che si svela nella semplicità con la quale molti bambini riconoscono il buono dal cattivo, senza compromessi, senza paura di essere giudicati per questo. Così mi è parso Roberto Cavalli, in alcuni momenti, da quando ho avuto la fortuna di incontrarlo e di provare a guardare un po’ sotto la maschera, una delle tante, con la quale interpreta la vita nelle sue tante sfaccettature. Un bambino inconsapevolmente mosso dalle leggi universali del mondo e dell’infinito, quelle che basterebbero agli uomini per vivere in pace per il benessere collettivo. Del resto è un artista e un artista non può essere altrimenti, comunque lo si voglia vedere. Auguri di cuore Roberto. Non voglio assillarti. Te li faccio da qui, spero tu possa leggere. Un abbraccio, Mari



  8. Maia
    Maia says:

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, Mr. Cavalli!!! Don’t get pessimistic, please! You have fulfilled the fundamental part of your life project, and therefore you can feel very proud. But, as William Shakespeare said “Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, and signifying nothing”.


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