Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli dies

Published April 13, 2024
Italian designer Roberto Cavalli and his wife Eva acknowledge applause on the catwalk at the end of a show at Milan in this Feb 13,2013, file picture.—Reuters
Italian designer Roberto Cavalli and his wife Eva acknowledge applause on the catwalk at the end of a show at Milan in this Feb 13,2013, file picture.—Reuters

ROME: Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, whose penchant for python and flamboyant animal prints made him the darling of the international jet set for decades, died on Friday at age 83.

Italian news agency ANSA reported that the designer died at home in Florence, the city where he was born, after a long illness.

First seen in the 1970s on stars such as Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot, his skin-baring, eye-popping styles were still favoured years on by later generations of celebrities, from Kim Kardashian to Jennifer Lopez.

Cavalli had a taste for Ferraris, fat cigars and tailored shirts unbuttoned to expose his tanned chest. He married a Miss Universe runner-up, owned a purple helicopter and a Tuscan vineyard, and was on a first-name basis with Hollywood A-listers.

Born on Nov 15, 1940, in Florence, Italy’s premier leatherworking centre, Cavalli was known for his use of printed leather and stretchy, sand-blasted jeans.

The designer was tapped in 2005 to update the Playboy Bunnies’ scanty uniform — true to form, he introduced one version in leopard print.

Published in Dawn, April 13th, 2024

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