Roberto Cavalli, the Italian designer synonymous with vibrant animal prints and sand-blasted denim, has died in Florence. He was 83 years outdated.

Born in Florence, Cavalli studied textile print earlier than happening to launch his style model in 1970. He offered his first assortment for Prêt-à-Porter in Paris at age 30. It was there that his work, which included a revolutionary printing process on leather-based that he invented and patented, rapidly garnered the discover of style business mainstays together with Pierre Cardin. He went on to open his first boutique in Saint-Tropez in 1972, and was quickly after invited to current on the Sala Bianca in Florence.

All through his profession, the Roberto Cavalli model turned synonymous with daring, brightly-coloured clothes oozing in intercourse enchantment, heavy use of animal prints and progressive strategy to materials. He went on to introduce further strains, together with RC Menswear, Simply Cavalli, which was marketed to a youthful shopper, and a youngsters’s assortment. The model additionally expanded into hospitality, opening its Cavalli Café in Florence in 2002, an idea it will definitely dropped at different cities, together with Milan and Miami.

Within the final decade, his firm has confronted a collection of challenges: In 2014, it started posting annual losses. In 2015, the Cavalli household offered 90 % of the enterprise to personal fairness agency Clessidra Capital Companions. In 2019, it closed its US shops and laid off 93 workers. It filed for chapter in Italy in March 2019. The corporate went on to be acquired by Dubai-based actual property devloper Imaginative and prescient Funding Co. LLC later that very same 12 months.

The Cavalli collections are presently designed by Fausto Puglisi.

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