Breaking News: Roberto Cavalli Has Died

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Iconic Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli died on Friday, April 12 after a long illness. Cavalli was known for unique use of animal prints and sexy in-your-face fashion collections.

“It is with great sadness that today we say our final goodbyes to our founder Roberto Cavalli,” the Cavailli’s fashion company wrote in a statement. “From humble beginnings in Florence, Roberto succeeded in becoming a globally recognized name loved and respected by all. Naturally talented and creative, Roberto believed that everyone can discover and nurture the artist within themselves.”

“Roberto Cavalli’s legacy will live on via his creativity, his love of nature and via his family who he cherished,” the statement continued. Cavalli is remembered as saying, “I copy the dress of an animal because I love to copy God. I think God is the most fantastic designer.”

Cavalli’s designs were worn by such celebrities as Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Victoria Beckham, and many others. His eponymous brand expanded beyond ready-to-wear, animal-printed garments to include elegant red-carpet dresses, fragrances, and accessories.

The Roberto Cavalli creative director Fausto Puglisi also shared a tribute, in a statement reported in abcnews.com, “Dear Roberto, you may not be physically here with us anymore, but I know I will feel your spirit with me always.”

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He continued, “It is the greatest honor of my career to work under your legacy and to create for the brand you founded with such vision and style. Rest in peace, you will be missed, and you are loved by so many that your name will continue on, a beacon of inspiration for others, and especially for me.”

In his 2013 autobiography, “Just Me,” Cavalli has been quoted saying, “Don’t call me a designer. My talent is rather finding what makes a fabric, a dress, a woman special, thinking always of fashion as if it is dream of ready-to-wear, something ready to be worn.″ 

At the times of his death, Roberto Cavalli was 83 years old. Cavalli is survived by six children and his model wife partner Sandra Nilsson since 2014.

—Staff

 

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