448. The Emotions you carry with you…

448. The Emotions you carry with you…

My fashion was becoming more and more singular and distinctive.
With the help of a talented young designer my fashion began to be known as the fashion choice for the Red Carpet.

With my ability to create fantasies like paintings and his techniques in shaping the dresses we conquered the showbiz world. Actresses and singers vied for the most glamorous and sexy dresses, simple shapes, long dresses, colourful prints photographed onto their flowing fabrics.

I often created two dresses for Jennifer Lopez for the same evening. One was long, eye-catching, sexy, very glamorous for the Red Carpet. The other was short, very short, shiny, tight yet allowing her to move freely and dance during the concerts.
Flash… flash… a life of flashes… Camera flashes? Yes, even those, but above all many flashes in my mind, so many, perhaps too many to remember. Emotions driven by a range of events – from small ones to very big ones.  It was a very particular time in my life where the events and the emotions happened at such a fast pace that it was impossible for me to fully savour the pleasure!

I remember a big charity event in Beverly Hills with more than a hundred tables set with silk tablecloths printed with my animal prints. They created such a fashionable, fun, positive atmosphere, a very Cavalli-style mood. The evening ended with a fashion show. The model of honour was Halle Berry! A woman of unforgettable sweetness. She was wonderful!  When you encounter a person who has your own vulnerability and simplicity, you feel as though you have always been friends!

We walked together for the runway finale in front of more than a thousand guests. Everybody was dressed to perfection for such an important event. The most important people were there and they stood to show their admiration and appreciation.

Halle Berry held my hand tightly and If I relaxed my hand she held it even more tightly as if she were saying: “Do not leave me now!”.
How I wish my words could fully express all the emotions that in that moment filled my heart!

Those are the kind of emotions that we carry inside us forever…


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445. Contentment

445. Contentment

Contentment is a state of mind that finds us at peace with ourselves, happy to be who we are and with what we have, raising our families in harmony with those around us, making the most of our surroundings.

I made “Excess is my Success” my motto. My research in the fashion world “inspired” me. It literally breathed new life into me.  For each collection I had to get better, newer ideas, colours and technologies which I would then apply to fabrics and leather.

Just as athletes compete with themselves by raising the bar for every race for every jump…  It is normal, the quest for perfection is part of our nature. Improving our performance, creating more beautiful, interesting, colourful collections, getting out of the classical schemes, creating new trends…

However, by now you should know me, you know that I am, at heart, a simple person.  I find myself at ease in any situation. Whenever I think of my great adventure I remember my Mom, her teachings, her way of doing things, her composure. Her manner was simple and gentle. I learned contentedness from my Mother who was able to rescue it from the most difficult of her life’s events. Her sweet smile is always in my mind, as well as her way of being, she was always so kind.

What I learned traveling around the world is that simple people, those who have kindness in their eyes and hearts, those who appreciate every little joy, are the ones who have found the secret of contentment. That does not mean setting your bar low but it means being able to enjoy every day what life gives us, knowing how to look around us, appreciate who we are and be thankful for what we have.

What we own cannot give us contentment. That is a sentiment that comes from the depth of our heart. It is too easy to let it be overshadowed by life that sometimes seems to run too quickly ahead of us.

I have seen children playing with a ball made of rags and have read the happiness in their eyes, I have seen playing, smiling, laughing, carefree children enjoying each moment with their friends.

Do not let a frenzied life take away your contentment.

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444. The secret of happiness lies in a search for what proves to be an unknown destination…

444. The secret of happiness lies in a search for what proves to be an unknown destination…

I have met the most beautiful women in the world, participated as a judge in the Miss Universe contest, travelled a known and unknown world.  I have visited capitals and remote kingdoms meeting their Kings and Queens, their Princes and Presidents. In particular I have enjoyed meeting people from every walk of life.

Traveling is one of the very few ways you can spend your time and money with the hope of returning a wiser and better person.  

I am an explorer. I like adventure. Every journey begins with a destination, like an horizon that gives way to new horizons. I always feel a need to push beyond whatever I can see ahead.  What lies beyond this new horizon, this thin line that separates the known from the unknown?

Discover another civilization, another culture with its rituals, mores, all expressed subtly in its traditional dresses.  

Let us travel and discover our world, increase our knowledge, learn, broaden our horizons and get a more complete view of our planet and those who share it with us.

No matter how you travel, with whom you share the journey or your destination, what matters is the journey and the experience you will get from it.

I have taken hundreds of thousands of photos and when I look at those images my memory takes me back in time, à la recherche du temps perdu, for the sounds, the smells and the emotions that magically resurface.

There is no “right time” to take a trip, to leave, to start a new adventure, every moment is the “right time”.  Sometimes we are off to discover the world and sometimes we are off to discover ourselves, to look into our world and open the door to let the inside out and the outside in.

If you find yourself in a locked cage check that it isn’t locked from the inside.

Life is a great adventure. Travel allows us to make the most of it.  How many things in my life would have been different had I not opened that door, had I not travelled, had I not known people who have shared their knowledge with me, who have given me their hand in friendship and shared part of the journey.

Time to stop reading and start packing.


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