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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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!


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