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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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!


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440. A Birthday with the Angels!

rc-birthday440. A Birthday with the Angels!

Every birthday is special, but this year I celebrated a very special birthday… my children and grandchildren have literally surrounded and overwhelmed me with all their affection!

I want to thank you all for the nice messages I received! It took me a while to read them all but it was very pleasant reading… thank you!

The years pass by, they pass for all of us and leave the inexorable signs of their passage… but they are not always a bad thing… in fact, quite often they are a great life teacher!

How many things have I learned over time, how many life experiences have I had?  Sometimes I think it would be wonderful if we could transfer our experiences, our knowledge to our children, to our grandchildren as we transfer photos from one computer to another…

But maybe not, maybe we all need to build our own lives through our own experiences, our own mistakes, our own successes using the free will God so kindly gave us.

We should all discover the artist within us… because we are all artist, each and every one of us.  The difference lies only in the fact that we do not all have the perseverance to try, to experiment and discover our talents. Never stop trying, failures are part of life. Success stories are full of failures. How many times in my life have I started from scratch… how many times have I searched and found the way to solve seemingly impossible situations?

And that’s what I want to transfer to my children, to my grandchildren and to all of you… never stop believing in yourselves and in your abilities because this is the path for each of you to follow to create your own way in this great adventure that will be your life!

Discover the artist within you… look around and learn from nature. It has millions of years of experience…

Do not ever stop studying and learning new things. What today may seem unnecessary one day will help you solve a problem.

Surround yourself with love, because love will be the beacon of your life.


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