Renowned Italian Fashion Designer Roberto Cavalli Passes Away at 83

On April 12, the fashion world mourned the loss of iconic Italian designer Roberto Cavalli, who passed away at the age of 83, as announced by his fashion label. Known for his vibrant and bold animal prints, Cavalli was a favorite among celebrities and had made a significant impact in the realm of high fashion.

Cavalli founded his own fashion house in the early 1970s and had been facing health issues recently. He leaves behind six children and his partner, Sandra Bergman Nilsson. The company, led by CEO Sergio Azzolari, expressed deep condolences and highlighted that Cavalli’s visionary legacy continues to inspire the fashion industry.

 Italian Fashion Designer Roberto Cavalli
Italian Fashion Designer Roberto Cavalli

The designer passed away at his Florence residence, according to the Italian news agency ANSA. Cavalli was celebrated for his use of vivid colors and intricate patchworks in his designs, which were often daring and provocative. An exuberant lover of art, he was known for his distinctive style that included tinted glasses and a penchant for cigars.

Cavalli also ventured into real estate and was the proprietor of the popular “Just Cavalli Cafe,” a chic nightclub located in Milan. His innovative spirit was admired by many, including fellow designer Giorgio Armani, who acknowledged Cavalli’s unique and contrasting fashion perspective with great respect.

A memorable moment in fashion history featured U.S. model Cindy Crawford in a Cavalli creation—a striking long slip dress with a tiger face—gracing the Spanish Steps in Rome in July 2000.

Fausto Puglisi, the creative director of Roberto Cavalli, expressed his sadness, noting Cavalli’s profound influence and enduring legacy in the fashion world. The brand, which is part of the Florence-based group owned by Auriel Investment SA and managed by Dubai’s Hussain Sajwani, will see Cavalli’s funeral held in Florence on the following Monday, as reported by Italian media.

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