This year marks the 40th anniversary of Roberto Cavalli's label. To celebrate the milestone, he sat down with Harper's Bazaar to dish on all things fashion and what really ticks him off and turns him on.
Here's what Roberto had to say:
On other designers taking inspiration from his trademark ideas:
"In the beginning, when people copied me I was happy." But now, "I can understand when H&M or Zara copies me, but I hate it when big designers copy me. You have a big name, you should never copy me."
On the provenance of his trademark leopard print:
"God created such a fantastic world. Leopard is an animal design, and my designs come from nature."
On his love for fashion, and for women:
"Of course I think about a beautiful woman to dress, because that’s my way," he says with a shrug. Is there a difference? "Yes," he says. "I don’t masturbate thinking about fashion."
On what he loves about women:
"Their eyes. A woman can drive me crazy with her eyes. And when they don’t pay attention to me, they drive me crazy too. I am a completely typical man."
Cavalli also did a photo shoot for the mag with his wife and son Daniele. He's the one creeping against the tree with his guitar.
[Image courtesy of Jason Schmidt / Harper's Bazaar.]
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