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Italian Fashion Designer Roberto Cavalli Dies at 83


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Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, renowned for his flamboyant and glamorous style, passed away at the age of 83, his company announced on Friday through Instagram. Cavalli, known for his exotic prints and pioneering the sand-blasted jeans look, leaves behind a legacy that has left an indelible mark on the fashion industry.

The news of Cavalli’s death was accompanied by heartfelt condolences from his colleagues and loved ones. Fausto Puglisi, the creative director at Roberto Cavalli since October 2020, expressed, “Dear Roberto, you may not be physically here with us anymore, but I know I will feel your spirit with me always.” Puglisi also emphasised Cavalli’s enduring influence and inspiration in the fashion world.

Cavalli’s journey to fashion stardom began in the early 1970s, when he gained fame for his animal prints and daring style. He introduced innovative techniques such as printing on leather and creating patchworks of different materials, earning commissions from prestigious fashion houses like Hermès and Pierre Cardin.

At the age of 32, Cavalli unveiled his first namesake collection in Paris, showcasing a blend of denim, intarsia leather, brocade, and wild-animal prints. His creations captivated audiences, leading to the opening of his first boutique in Saint-Tropez in 1972.

Throughout his illustrious career, Cavalli continued to push boundaries, introducing sand-blasted jeans in Milan in 1994 and expanding his brand to encompass menswear, accessories, perfumes, and more. His innovative designs and distinctive aesthetic made him a global icon in the fashion industry.

Cavalli’s personal life also made headlines when he married Eva Düringer, a former Miss Austria and Miss Universe runner-up, in 1980. Their union added to his public persona and contributed to the allure surrounding the designer.

As the fashion world mourns the loss of Roberto Cavalli, his contributions and influence remain a testament to his talent and vision. His name will continue to be synonymous with creativity and luxury, ensuring that his legacy endures for generations to come.

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