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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447. An Oasis in the Centre of Scandinavia…

447. An Oasis in the Centre of Scandinavia…

Stora Rullingen is the original name of this island, but for me it is Cavalli Island. It is as though I have been drawn here by destiny.

Cavalli Island is an oasis. An oasis in the middle of Scandinavia, in Sweden. Scandinavia comprises three kingdoms, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Cavalli Island has Viking origins with the ruins of a stronghold dating back to the eleventh century.

I confess that the first time I visited Cavalli Island I was enchanted by the tranquility and the special atmosphere that hovers over this island.

Oasis? Perhaps the description that best suits it is Paradise on Earth! Mother Nature has decided to populate the island with deer, hares, beavers, moose. It is normal to catch a glimpse of hawks and eagles.

The stables are occupied by two beautiful horses. When I go riding Lupo follows me with his fiancé, Vilma.

Here I really feel at ease, in close contact with nature. A nature that reminds me everyday how lucky we are and especially how much inspiration nature gives us every day. A nature whose rules and laws regulate the rhythm of life, without the need for written laws, police, judges and courts.  All obey.

I often wonder what animal I would be, perhaps an eagle. I have always been attracted to flying, it gives me a sense of freedom. Looking at the world from up there gives me a different perspective.

Liberty, freedom, are words that encompass a multitude of meanings. During my daily walks I like to meet the animals in their natural habitat that they share with me in this corner of paradise in the middle of one of the largest lakes in Europe.

I wonder why we humans cannot live as well as animals do, in complete freedom, in total respect of nature…

What happened to the Hippies? Where is the movement that started in the ’60’s and promised to give us the secret of happiness.  Freedom was their imperative…

Maybe we should all search for our origins, to try to live in close contact with nature, with the world around us and face the day with a smile every morning…


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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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