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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446. Citizens of the World

446. Citizens of the World.

I was always ahead of my time…

I have always applied the new technologies to the fashion world. When the powerful computers that we use today were still a dream I remember I used one of the first colour copiers to enlarge, enhance and create effects in the photos I had taken around the world. In this way I was able to create patterns and colour effects which I then transferred to the silk, leather and other fabrics that then became the dream dresses that have always been my signature, the image of my fashion.

In the more than fifty years I have dedicated to fashion I witnessed a complete transformation in the creation process and in the way of doing business. We can summarize this simply as the evolution from the Analog to the Digital world.

Everything has changed, everything has been transformed. This great transformation has had a dramatic effect on the way we live, do business, conduct politics, create, give life to our projects and realize our dreams.

The very fact that I’m here in front of my computer able to write to all of you and then read your comments is something that continue to surprise me to this very day.  It fascinates me…

The impact of the digital world on fashion continues to be important. The Internet has contributed to the instantaneous spreading of news.  It gives people the opportunity to find the information they need. Suddenly through the Internet young designers have the ability to publish their own designs, to find suppliers of raw materials, to sell their creations around the planet with a very minimal investment.

Professions that once required a lifetime’s effort to be successful have suddenly become accessible to everyone.  Product cycles have shrunk.  Writers, directors, actors, photographers, designers, musicians have become famous thanks to the Internet and the transformation of our lives from Analog to Digital. We now live in a many-to-many world. New ideas spread at the speed of light.

This is a great opportunity that is now offered and available to all of you! Procrastinate Not!!! Embrace this change, give voice to your creativity. Be proactive in this Digital age, become a Citizens of the World!


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