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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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425. Clouds…

Roberto Cavalli425. Clouds…

When I look up at the clouds I want to call out to them ‘Wait for me, I want to come with you!’

I have always been fascinated by the sky, it has always given me a sense of infinity.

When I decided to learn to fly a helicopter, my dream was to turn myself into a modern Icarus and fly higher and higher, get closer to the sun and catch some of its energy…

Luckily the helicopter blades are not made of wax but of composite material which tolerates mechanical stress and high temperatures… The helicopter is an amazing machine that holds a great fascination for me. To become a helicopter pilot was one of my big dreams.

I remember that as soon as I was able to pilot my helicopter I couldn’t wait to get home after a long day at work and get up in the air and fly over my beloved Florence. It was the best part of my day. The photographers call it the Golden Hour. It’s that time of the day between the end of the day and the beginning of the sunset when the sun is approaching the horizon and the sunlight has to pass through more of the atmosphere so more of the light is indirect changing the lightning radio. For a very brief time colours magically enjoy a golden glow, more vivid…

Flying over Florence chasing the sunset is something special, something magical… a show that the eyes see, that enters your heart and is imprinted in your memory but is so difficult to express in words alone and yet is palpable…

The clouds are there to make the setting for this show… their shapes, that no hand has drawn, give their own meaning to the sky… What would a sky without clouds be?

The Golden Hour lasts only a short while… just moments that are gone as quickly as they appear… Fortune favours those who are prepared.

I often wonder why so many good things are gone in a flash… we live so intensely in such ephemeral moments…


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402. I photographed everything I liked…

Roberto Cavalli402. I photographed everything I liked…

I photographed everything I liked, everything that intrigued me.

Then, when I returned to Florence, I shut myself in my darkroom for hours and hours, developing and printing. I had built a real photo studio in an outbuilding in the garden with all kinds of imaginable equipment.

In my print shop where I was printing on fabrics, I tried to achieve the same effects with the fabrics that I was getting with my photos! It was a game, endlessly fascinating, but a hobby that while it amused me it also offers me an insight into what could be accomplished and help me in the future.

I ended up with a huge photo archive, full of ideas for my future collections.

I slowed down the pace of my work to allow myself more time with my family. We devoted ourselves to our private life, though I never really stopped thinking about the evolution and changes I could make in my companies.

I was slightly falling out of love with my work, but I was not sure what was wrong and what to do. In a way I was glad not to have to submit to the new rules of fashion, they were beginning to make everything too organized, too politicized.

I didn’t like the routine and the new turn of events that was taking over fashion. Industrialized processes were accelerating more and more and this was ruining creativity.

It was as if I refused to be part of the system and want to remain a young, creative designer with freedom without limitations.

The same person who had refused to take the exam at the Academy… I grew up on the street like many young people of my time there and I wanted to go on living! A nomad. A free spirit whose soul was his own despite his successes. A hippy.


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