428. A wonderful weekend in Monaco

Roberto Cavalli with Ezio Greggio 428428. A wonderful weekend in Monaco

I am in Monte Carlo, Principality of Monaco…

Beautiful, elegant women, brilliantly engineered and powerful cars, the international jet set meet here every year for a date that you cannot miss… the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Grand Prix is an event that takes place on a very unique track. Powerful engines compete on the winding streets and hairpin bends of Monte Carlo, an unusual track and so different from the classic F1 circuits where the powerful racing cars whiz by at speeds of up to 370 km/h (230 mph). In Monaco, a maximum speed of about 290 km/h (180 mph) is reached at the end of the tunnel, a phenomenal speed for such a circuit.

The Monaco Grand Prix is an exciting race… during practice and then during the race the roar of the engines of the F1 cars is deafening, echoing and amplified on the narrow streets of the small Kingdom…

These days finding a room in a hotel or a table at a restaurant is impossible, everything is booked twelve months in advance…
I watched this great race from a unique position with a commanding view.

Besides my passion for speed and the pleasure of living the atmosphere of the Grand Prix I am here in Monte Carlo to attend a gala dinner in my honour at Zelo’s – an event at which I was particularly honoured and happy to meet many of my long time dear friends.

I really enjoyed the company of Ezio Greggio, always very brilliant. He is celebrated as a comedian, actor and film producer. Every time we meet he looks younger…

Certainly the contrast between the quiet Cavalli Island and the cosmopolitan Monte Carlo is very strong… I like to alternate moments of absolute tranquillity with the glamor of this worldly event!

I think we are very fortunate to live in a time where being citizens of the world is so easy.

Un grosso bacino.

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424. New Citizens at Cavalli Island…

Roberto Cavalli424. New Citizens at Cavalli Island…

I love and I have always loved animals and, as a boy, had never been allowed to have a dog.   The first thing I did when I went to live on my own was to have one, all mine.

I found my first dog through an advertisement.  I went to see him and we fell in love at first sight.  In fact it was a German Shepherd dog and  I named him “Lupo”.  Later I had many other dogs of various breeds, but my first Lupo has always been my favourite.  We understood each other, it seemed he smiled at me.  We were inseparable.  We lived in symbiosis.

Since then I have had so many other animals, of all kinds…

My passion for horses which I passed on to my son Tommaso led me into a world completely unknown to me including the breeding of racehorses.  I learned all about these wonderful animals and it is on horseback that I discovered the undulating Chianti hills.

How many adventures I have shared with my pets, how many times I have suffered with them… Lupo has always been on my side… he has surpassed even his natural fear of flying to travel with me on my helicopter…

One look is enough for us to understand each other… even when I was choosing the models for my fashion shows.

Cavalli Island is giving me the joy of living in close contact with many animals and letting me give them a little piece of heaven…

Lupo now enjoys exploring this new territory, his acute sense of smell is responding to the stimuli of new scents, new tracks to follow…

Since the birth of the new foal, Cavalli Island is being populated with many new animals and the registry office is very busy recording all these new citizens…

Spring is showing us her magic and putting on a fantastic show… which has been repeated every year for millions of years…

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420. Cavalli Island, my Homage to Nature…

Roberto Cavalli420. Cavalli Island, my Homage to Nature…

We are anxiously waiting for Queen, our mare, to give birth to her new foal.  What a joy that will be for all of us.    

A new and welcome member of the family and our first citizen to be born and raised on Cavalli Island!

Nature once again manages to enchant me and to give me the joy of living on this wonderful planet…!

The joy of a new life… the ability to create life… often we do not realize how much magic is contained in each new birth…

The gestation of a mare lasts about eleven months.  The colt has the ability to stand up and run shortly after it is born.   Its very survival in the wild depends on it.  A horse is an adult at the age of five years.

I’ve always loved horses and recently toured the island on horseback.   We have our own stable in which our animals are well looked after.  

Nature continues to inspire me… my art, my clothes. Subtly changing seasonal colours have provided the palettes nuanced by an early Spring, a nip of frost or a lingering Indian Summer carrying us into a early Winter storm.  My memories and photos allow me to recreate back in my studio what I have experienced in the field.  This is the way so many of the ancients painted.   I have learned from them and it has served me well.

With Cavalli Island I wanted to return Nature’s favour and create an oasis, a little paradise on earth, where Nature can indulge itself without threat and show us what it can do when left to its own devices.  

My vision is an island populated with animals of all kinds, birds that stay with us year round as well as those that pass by fleetingly on their migrations.  Trees, plants and flowers each with the colours and scents that bring to mind our travels around the world…

In this part of the hemisphere Spring is coming and this is the most beautiful time of year… a unique spectacle, perfection honed over millions of years…

We must rediscover our natural instinct to observe now dormant from living a digital life.  We have to go out and rediscover the pleasure of a walk: the sights, sounds and scents… the perfection of creation.

It is a gift that often, too often, we neglect…

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