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A Life By Design

Fashion czar Roberto Cavalli spreads his cult of personality into ever-widening spheres
Jack Bettridge
From the Print Edition:
Catherine Zeta-Jones, September/October 2009

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But by the 1980s, he had left the scene. Not wishing to vie in the atmosphere of “minimalism and black, black, black” that pervaded the era, he relegated his business to custom orders. “I didn’t want to become a minimalist and compete.”
With the help of his wife, Eva (née Duringer), who coordinates his runway shows, styling and presentations, he successfully resurrected his flair for fun, fantasy and color in the 1990s. Since then, his career has been on nothing but a rising arc as his sensibility has been in demand for such varied assignments as the Spice Girls, the redesign of the Playboy Bunny uniform at the Palms in Las Vegas and the reimagining of the Michael Jackson look—sans white socks and single glove.

An inveterate cigar smoker, he has limited his intake to just a few a day as a concession to smoking regulations. His favorite smoke is the Davidoff Zino, sales of which he claims have doubled in Italy since it was discovered to be his cigar of choice. He most enjoys a cigar when he is relaxing on his yacht in the moonlight, perhaps with some music playing.

This serene scenario is not to suggest that Roberto Cavalli is slowing down. “I wish to create something different especially now in the new millennium,” he says. “I wish to be read about 50 years from now.”

Cavalli’s will to face life head on with unwavering joy shows through when he is asked to consider the danger of flying his own helicopter: “Life is dangerous, but if you live it being afraid…oh, my god.”

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