22. I will take you by the hand…

Roberto Cavalli receiving the amfAR award from Cindy Crawford

Roberto Cavalli receiving the amfAR award from Cindy Crawford

Now that I have introduced you to all of my friends who were with me on this beautiful amfAR evening, I will take you by the hand so that you will be able to feel my emotions!

Sarah Jessica Parker opened the evening. She explained the mission of the association. I would have expected more emphasis and passion, given amfAR’s great contribution in providing help to so many children suffering from AIDS in Africa.

After the introduction there was an auction to raise funds. There were not many items. I had expected a greater number of many more donors and then a great battle to buy!
I offered two front row seats for my fashion show in Milan and a “complete look” to be chosen from my boutique in Via della Spiga!
I was quite happy since the package offered by the Cavalli fashion house reached 32,000 Euros at auction. Not bad!

Lindsay Lohan came over to my table to say hello. I didn’t recognize her at first.
A long blonde hair flowed over her shoulder and covered part of her beautiful face.
I asked the reason for her hairstyle and she reminded me that in her new film about the life of Elizabeth Taylor.
Lindsay will play the part of Elizabeth Taylor. This is a very important role. I hope she will find herself after so many difficulties. I met Lindsay in Los Angeles at her eighteenth birthday party – she was just a beautiful young girl with so much promise and her dreams!

Finally Cindy takes the stage, which means it’s my turn. Cindy will give me an award for my help and deep attachment to amfAR. I begin to get sick to my stomach.
It almost never happens. Too many important people. More than two thousand who will hear my speech and judge.

Already that morning my assistants were imploring me to prepare a few sentences.
I have a very bad character, I fear that if I prepare, I could lose my spontaneity!

But the thing that most frightens me is not having the mastery of the language.
I keep asking myself “will the two thousand people present understand what I am saying?”.

Roberto Cavalli and Cindy Crawford speak at the annual amfAR New York Gala

Roberto Cavalli and Cindy Crawford speak at the annual amfAR New York Gala

Cindy begins to introduce me. As she describes how I am a little genius of fashion so my fear to go up on stage grows!
I pluck up courage and go up. My sunglasses help me to hide. I ride in advance, I go up too early before Cindy is finished, but I was too eager to start and finish!

I noticed that during this wonderful evening no one had adequately explained the real work of amfAR. Having followed this great Association for over ten years.
I felt compelled to be the promoter and I shake the feelings of all present.
I started telling them of Sharon Stone’s tears of emotion at Cannes as she described her experiences in Africa. Many of the children born with AIDS die each day. I feel like their spokesman trying to convince all those present to give up a little piece of their happiness in favor of someone who suffers, who dies!
Many, many cheers, means they understood my English. I managed to convey my message, how exciting!

I then returned to my table and on the way met the hands of all those who wanted to shake mine!

The best compliment I got was from my son Daniele “BELLISSIMO BABBO, MERAVIGLIOSO” BEATIFUL DAD, MARVELOUS. Daniel does not praise easily.
His words made this evening even more special and magical!

Un bacino grande, grandissimo.

Roberto Cavalli

10 replies
  1. Mathias
    Mathias says:

    Mano nella mano devo dire che sei riuscito alla perfezione nel tuo intento! 
    Sei sempre grande, sempre generoso in tutti modi possibili; così come nello splendido dono che hai fatto per questa bellissima iniziativa. Cos’altro dire… Sei “solo” Roberto Cavalli.
    Devo confessare che anch’io odio i discorsi pre-fatti, rubano i sentimenti che provi nel momento in cui esprimi un pensiero ritrovandotene a volte anche involontariamente avvolto. Quelle emozioni che provi, sono vere emozioni e la cosa più bella è proprio manifestarle!!
    Disaccordo solo in una cosa, tu sei un (o per meglio dire) il grandissimo genio della moda… Sei colui che ha riscritto le pagine di questo mondo dipingendole d’un velo di reale e fantastica irrealtà… Tu sei la moda!
    Roberto ti stringo virtualmente la mano anch’io che ero seduto li ad ascoltarti non con la mia persona bensì con il mio cuore. Immagino sia stato davvero un momento meraviglioso!!

    We love you too


  2. Benjamin
    Benjamin says:

    I have to tell you something Roberto! The more I am reading your messages, the more I start to feel how you really think….and there is one amazing thing shining through – the love for the people who are in need of help. I have to tell you the truth – most of other wealthy people don´t bother about others at all….and that´s a sad thing, which opens the gap between rich and poor. So go on to make a difference and to make the world a better place!

    Bellissimo Robertro! Best wishes from Munich!

  3. yana
    yana says:

    Vorrei sentire quel discorso! Su youtube ancora non c’é, spero che apparirá tra qualche giorno…
    Ho dovuto sorridere quando ho letto del “piccolo” genio – non é possibile che ha usato proprio queste parole!!!!!
    Chi ha comprato i due posti in prima fila?:))

    …LEI ha mal di stomaco per l’ansia? LEI???

  4. Roa
    Roa says:

    I read your blog with pleasure and I really like that you open up to us about your life and feelings.I woudn’t think that you will ever feel nervous at all, because you are such an legend that has experienced so much and have met so many people already, so that just shows that you really appreciate life. It’s also great that you really care about people that really need the help from us who have a good life with all the love and happiness that surrounds us. I think that everyone that can give a hand should help other people in every way they can, at the end we all are all equal and deserve the same.So it’s very inspiring that a busy person like you is so devoted to a great cause. Keep on with the good work you are doing, you are great!

    Lots of love,

  5. Guillermo
    Guillermo says:

    Hola Mr. Cavalli!! Don’t worrie if you don’t speak the language! I believe that you had the right emotions and they were protected on your face and and people can read emotions lot better then what you think and remember that a nice gesture says more than thousand words!!

  6. Francesco
    Francesco says:

    Che bell’articolo….Che bella storia…. Grande Roberto!! 🙂
    Chi non ti conosce, qui ha un piccolo assaggio di quanto sia grande la tua bontà e voglia di aiutare gli altri…..
    Chi invece ti conosce, non solo qui ha l’ennesima riprova di quanto tu sia un essere di valore…..ma di quanto anche tu sia umile e dedicato a chi è meno fortunato degli altri!

    Ti voglio bene!!!

    Francesco 🙂

    • yana
      yana says:

      peccato solo che c’é sempre qualcuno che trova qualcosa da criticare… intendo quel articolo “Roberto Cavalli is Exceptionally Emotional Today…” in fondo a questa pagina… Mi chiedo se l’autore di quel articolo ha gia donato ai poveri tutto quello che ha…

  7. AnnaSofi
    AnnaSofi says:

    Roberto I would never thought someone like you could be so nervous to go up the stage and give a speech!!! You’re talking so sincere and from your heart! Mr. Cavalli you’re amazing! You share all with us and believe me it’s highly appreciated!!!!! Kisses… LOVE YOU.. AnnaSofi

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