241. The New Silk Road – Taking Silks back to the Orient…

Roberto Cavalli - Forbidden City241. The New Silk Road – Taking Silks back to the Orient…

In 1200 Marco Polo, the famous Venetian merchant, traveled the Silk Road in search of the precious fiber that would later become the subject of its trade with the Orient…

After a little more than 800 years Roberto Cavalli is taking his silks and exotic fabrics back to the Orient…

I am just back from China… Beijing… an incredibly fascinating country… ancient traditions and cultures with their origins lost in the mists of time…

The Orient has always fascinated me. This trip, short but intense, allowed me a close-up look and experience of this ancient culture.

It was a succession of events, commitments and interviews… I confess that I do not know where I found all the energy… the adrenaline started to flow through my veins from the time I arrived until my departure….

Now, finally, a moment’s rest… it’s time to update you…

I left Las Vegas, where I spent a few days relaxing after my trip to Brazil… I took the opportunity to try my luck at the gaming tables and witness the remarkable talents of my friend Kanye West.

The length of my flight to China allowed me to experiment with my electronic gadgets. I was able to spend part of the time watching movies, listening to music and rearranging my photo archives…

Angelica Cheung, Editor in Chief of Vogue China, proved a most gracious hostess… a perfect ambassador for her country and gave me a special welcome…!

The first appointment was at the Beijing Fashion Institute where I held a ‘lectio magistralis’ with the support of Angelica Cheung as moderator. I spoke of my beginnings and illustrated future projects. The students were very bright and asked a number of really interesting questions… they had an engaging perspective…

The afternoon continued with a big party held at my boutique in the luxurious Peninsula Hotel… with more than five hundred guests and friends…

Immediately after the mega party I was engaged in two photo shoots, one for Vogue and the other for Madame Figaro China. The models were beautiful…

The evening continued with a lavish dinner organized by the influential Silas Chou. It was held on the top floor of the PANGU, a 7 star hotel, with an incredible view of the Water Cube…

The next day I spent the day visiting such historic sites as the fascinating Forbidden City.

In the afternoon I took part in a photo shoot with the famous blogger Tina Leung. It was followed by a series of interviews with major Asian fashion magazines… again, interesting perspectives.

The Italian Ambassador in China organized a dinner in my honor at the Italian embassy where the tables were set with items selected from the Cavalli Home collection.

The last day was dedicated to the Cavalli Home collection. During the presentation of the collection, which took place in the Da Vinci store, I was pleased to meet with the famous Chinese designer Steve Leung. The theme of our dialogue was “Roberto Cavalli – Lifestile and Inspiration” in which we explored the traditional Chinese culture as an artistic and creative form. This was followed by a series of interviews with journalists from the press and television.

A dinner at the historic Beijing Hotel, which offers a beautiful and exclusive view over the city, concluded the evening .

I am leaving Chine and I am going back to Italy with a bit of Orient in my heart… I have promised myself that I will return to China soon. I would like to have more time to explore this part of the world… with so much to discover…

The culture and Oriental traditions have always fascinated and intrigued me…

Goodbye China, ci vediamo presto – see you soon…

Un bacio…

I LOVE YOU

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli and Angelica Cheung at the Beijing Fashion Institute

Roberto Cavalli and Angelica Cheung at the Beijing Fashion Institute

Gala Dinner at the Italian Embassy

Gala Dinner at the Italian Embassy

Gala Dinner at the Italian Embassy

Gala Dinner at the Italian Embassy

Roberto Cavalli - Beijing

Roberto Cavalli – Beijing

Roberto Cavalli with models in Beijing

Roberto Cavalli with models in Beijing

Presentation of Roberto Cavalli Home in the Da Vinci Home Flagship Store

Presentation of Roberto Cavalli Home in the Da Vinci Home Flagship Store

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