437. Modern Times…

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Browsing through your images and comments on Instagram I realize that there are 450.000 of you following me!  This to me is a great honour!  I enjoy reading your comments… finding out from where in the world you are writing.

This is a wonderful way for all of us to stay in touch with one another and share our different perspectives.  This is how we grow…

Many of you have grown up in the digital age and, although young, the Internet has already become an integral part of our daily lives.

I embrace technology, I like to surround myself with technological toys, playing with them as they morph into tools.   I want to be always up-to-date with the latest model,  the latest version.   I was one of the first to use digital photography, playing with Photoshop, creating patterns and combining the colours and hues of an expanding spectrum to create those designs that I later used in my prints.

I remember when the first portable DVD player with a built-in screen came out on the market… suddenly my endless flights became pleasant interludes during which I could watch those movies that the hectic pace of my work would otherwise not let me see.

I grew up in the analog era… the cameras had the ability to shoot only 36 pictures and then I had to change the camera roll and to see the results I had to develop the film!

I like technology… it makes our daily life easier…  one click is all it takes to connect with friends on the other side of the globe!

The Internet has definitely changed the lives of many of us, accelerating the processes that each of us had to follow to implement an idea, to create and share, to learn…

Using the Internet allows me to share with you my thoughts, my feelings… it allows a meeting of our creative minds… and all of this is fantastic!

Write and let me know how the Internet is changing your life…

Gotta go, I am being called for dinner…

Thanks for your friendship…

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436. Autumn: Season of Rebirth…

Roberto Cavalli436. Autumn: Season of Rebirth…

An explosion of colours, smells, tastes… This is Autumn, my favourite season… together with Winter, Spring and Summer…!

I love all the seasons!  Each has a specific task, each one takes us to the next one, each one has its own rhythms… I’m a Scorpio and Autumn is my season, one that I share with Libra and Sagittarius.

I regard Autumn as the season of rebirth.  In Autumn, Nature is getting ready for Winter.  The cold season starts, the days get shorter, we tend to spend less time outdoors and focus more on study and work.

In Autumn we make the plans that will be put into practice in Spring and Summer… re-organizing our ideas, working on new projects.  The calm of Autumn fosters creativity and concentration.

I’m definitely in love with this season… the chestnuts crackle merrily on the fire… a glass of mulled wine… Lupo dozes on the carpet near me and occasionally moving his legs as he chases after some kind of a dream…

The best place to enjoy the Autumn? Cavalli Island!  Here Autumn plays on its home ground! The colours that this place gives us are truly unique… the temperature, the atmosphere work to create their own palette of colours, a unique perfection!  Artists over the centuries have represented the Autumn in all its glory, but here it is really different… at Cavalli island Autumn surrounds you, envelops you, engulfs you completely… with a sweet, warm hug…

Suddenly the calm is all around me, the quiet drives my thoughts, my mind is now focused… the vision is clear… the ideas begin to crowd my mind… in perfectly aligned order…

Autumn is the harvest season, the plants give us their fruits to make way for the new buds… this is the way in which Nature and all that surrounds it is renewed… and the cycle begins again, in an endless circle we call Life!
Welcome Autumn!!

But tell me. Where are you?  What is Autumn like where you are?  What are you working on, what are your plans?

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435. I’ve always been strongly determined…

Roberto Cavalli435. I’ve always been strongly determined…

My classmate, Elena Mannini, later to become a great designer of theatrical costumes, was working as a stylist in Florentine knitwear at Motta Angora.  She was very creative, always looking for new ideas. She brought me some white pullovers and we studied some drawings together.  I then built some artisan print frames.

The first tests, the first results, were not so bad but we knew we could do better. The dyes were not the right ones, so many things did not convince me.  I’ve always been strongly determined and I never liked mediocrity.  I did not want to face my first real client with results I was not entirely happy with.

Finally, my stubborn tests were producing something different. When I was almost satisfied, I introduced my samples to the owner of the knitwear factory. He was very happy, and in the following days sales increased.

Soon the six metre table, that in the beginning I thought would be big enough, proved not big enough for the amount of work that I was getting.  I ordered a new one, twenty metres long.  

The printing house–garage–workshop where I started creating my own prints on fabric had outlived its usefulness so I decided to move to a new studio, in Via Tagliaferri, more suited to my ambitions for growth.

I hired two assistant, one was my former classmate, Grazia Catani, and the other was Tiziano Caldini, a fifteen-year-old boy from Greve in Chianti… Between the three of us we did not add up to sixty years of age. By uniting together we built a small printing industry based on jerseys. In fact, we had to grow and became more industrial so as to produce larger volumes more quickly.

What I knew about printing, however, was not enough. I had to deepen my knowledge on the subject and I decided to find new solutions and so began to visit other printing houses in Northern Italy.

Como, the Italian capital of textile printing, became my regular destination. The Highway connecting Firenze to Northern Italy was still under construction and the Florence-Bologna stretch almost non-existent.  In the meantime I had become the owner of a blue Fiat Cinquecento with red seats and so the trip to Como did not fatigue me – I was determined to succeed.  

To be continued…

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