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.

I LOVE YOU

Roberto Cavalli Blog

443. Thank you, thank you for being the Angels you are…

443. Thank you, thank you for being the Angels you are…

I entered the fashion world for a chance to meet beautiful women… I’ve always been fascinated by women, by the feminine principle, their way of seeing things, their almost supernatural ability to create life!

I was always struck by the capacity that women have to transform themselves according to the situation. A woman knows how to be a friend, a companion, a partner, a mother, a grandmother, an angel. Yes angels, because women are in fact angels, angels sent to earth to help us men to overcome the difficulties we face every day.  They protect us, protect our children, our future. Every woman is a guardian angel!

I have a great debt of gratitude to women. My life has always been complemented by a woman at my side. We have come together and together we have learned, experimented, made mistakes.  Together we have complemented each other.

I have dedicated my entire life to dressing women all over the world, to enhance their natural beauty, to make them even more alluring, more fascinating.  I have endeavour to help them express their confidence in themselves and their pride in their own bodies, at every moment of their lives.

Often I found myself in front of a star, a talented artist for whom I have designed a dress that would reveal her as a queen of stage and screen, enhancing her performing art…

It is almost magic to see the transformation that the right outfit has to confer super powers on the wearer… “Roberto, when I wear your dress I feel different, your clothes have the ability to make me finally feel myself…”. This is the recurring phrase that has always filled my heart and been music to my ears…

Thank you, thanks to all the women of the world, thank you for living and for all that you so generously bestow every day on those of us who are lucky enough to share your world.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to create and enhance your natural beauty!

I LOVE YOU

Roberto Cavalli Blog

Roberto Cavalli

441. Merry Christmas…

Roberto Cavalli441. Merry Christmas…

It’s Christmas once again and this year, as always, everybody is getting ready for a traditional heartfelt celebration…

Each year history repeats itself… you get back from Summer vacation, you get cuddled by Autumn and, just as you are getting used to the warmth of the wood fire and the smell of roasted chestnuts, suddenly it is Christmas…

On December 1st we decorate the tree, the lights start to glow with their festive colours and Christmas is in the air…

I love the Christmas markets… it is a tradition that belongs to Northern Europe and became very popular throughout Italy. If you go to Sweden you must visit their Christmas markets, they are magical… I can spend hours wandering through them.

When I was a young boy we use to wait for The Befana, an old witch on a broomstick, to bring us gifts on January 6th. One day my grandfather told me that the Befana did not exist! I did not know whether to believe him or not. Or maybe I just didn’t want to. He had broken my dream. I rebelled and began to scream but he thought that it was time for me to grow up “You’re a grown up… now you are a man!” he screamed louder than my cries. I was only five years old.  Even the most beautiful dreams come to an end…

But Christmas retains its magical atmosphere for me and I still enjoy its enchantment as I watch the joy in my grandchildren’s eyes.  I share with them the joy of anticipation… I go back to being a child once again even if only for a few moments.

And these are the moments for which I wait with eager anticipation every year… the time when we are all together… these are precious moments that I wish will never end…

Then everyone returns to the hectic everyday life until, once again, you find yourself thinking how far away next Christmas is…

I wish you a peaceful Christmas in the company of your family, the people you love… because they are the most precious part of our lives!

I wish I could hug everyone, all together… Best wishes to all of you with all my heart, Season’s Greetings!

I LOVE YOU

Roberto Cavalli Blog