The morning I spoke to Roberto Cavalli was quite humid. Just a half hour before we sat down upstairs at Bondi Pizza, he’d strolled through a frantic crowd of screaming girls and women, all tripping over each other in a race to be the first of their friends in a Roberto Cavalli piece at a phenomenal fraction of his Ready To Wear prices. Target can do that for a girl like you and I.
Our conversation began with questions in my direction. When did I start my blog? He wanted to know. Were my readers excited that he was here? Absolutely, Mr Cavalli. Once sparkling water and air conditioning arrived, Mr Cavalli relaxed a little. All he wanted was to make people happy through his art, he said. He’d never studied fashion, but that wasn’t important – he’d still invented sandblasted jeans and a sizeable repertoire of leather techniques. His dresses, the colour black, a balanced print, a perfect cut, the right accessories, made women feel sexy. That’s what the Cavalli brand was about – the lifestyle and attitude around the clothes, he declared, significantly more animated when we came to the topic of his clubs and hotels dotted around the world.
“You must try the Cavalli cocktail when you come to Milano – it’s made with Cavalli vodka. You can make it yourself if you like – I wrote the recipe on my blog.”
His entourage laughed in agreement.
Mr Cavalli liked my printed shirt very much (“I can see that you like prints”) and so, styled me in a party dress from his Target collection – emphatically smattered with florals and leopard print – and the strappy foot affair pictured above.
“I will see you in Milano for Fashion Week”.
Perhaps, perhaps, Mr Cavalli.
Then I said thank you kindly for your time, and we parted ways – he, on a First Class flight to Melbourne, and I, to a Law seminar at Uni. All through class debate about automatism and mental incapacity in criminal offences, I reflected on Mr Cavalli’s Italian nonchalance and gravity. It’s no wonder that the Cavalli brand has stood strong for such an extended time, and will continue to – his charisma and view on fashion is certainly not about the present moment. He promotes his philosophy on life through more platforms than his runway collections, captures generations of women as they grow up, watching them teach their daughters to appreciate his work, and their sons to buy his work for future lovers.
I, for one, won’t be letting go of these Roberto Cavalli for Target heels with an $89 any time soon. But now, back to lusting over the Roberto Cavalli leather jacket and flared pants that I want so very much.