Roberto Cavalli passed away at the age of 83 at his home in Florence battling illness. The flamboyant Italian designer known for his opulent designs and vibrant prints leaves behind a rich legacy that has shaped fashion as we know it today. 

As news of Cavalli’s passing spread, tributes pour in from colleagues, admirers, and friends. Fausto Puglisi, the current creative director of the Roberto Cavalli brand, honoured his mentor’s legacy, describing him as “a beacon of inspiration” whose spirit will live on through his timeless creations.

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Cavalli’s journey in fashion began in 1970 when he launched his eponymous label, introducing some of the groundbreaking innovations that would define his career. His patented technique for printing on leather was a true turning point, captivating the fashion elite with his first collection featuring a pink leather evening gown. This daring debut earned him commissions from esteemed French houses like Hermès and Pierre Cardin, almost instantly establishing Cavalli as a visionary in his field.

Throughout the decades, Cavalli’s designs continued to captivate and inspire. From his denim artistry, including the introduction of sand-blasted and stretch jeans, to his iconic animal prints that became synonymous with his brand, Cavalli pushed the boundaries of conventional fashion, infusing his work with an irresistible charm.

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Born in 1940 in a small village in Tuscany, Cavalli’s story from humble beginnings to fashion icon is a testament to his determination and passion for his craft. His legacy lives on in the countless individuals who have been inspired by his bold vision and unapologetic approach to style.

In the words of Giorgio Armani, another titan of Italian fashion, Cavalli’s “Tuscan verve will be sorely missed.”

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