What is it with fashion designers and hilarious interviews? In a scene straight out of Zoolander, designer Roberto Cavalli spoke to writer and Fashion Fringe founder Colin McDowell about what it’s like being a straight designer in the fashion world.
RC: “In my planet, fashion, I’m the only straight man.”
CM: “There’s a few.”
CM: “Ralph Lauren, he’s straight.”
RC: “Are you sure?”
His questioning of Ralph Lauren’s sexuality aside, Cavalli also thinks his orientation has given him a solid advantage over his peers.
CM: “So, does being straight make you a better designer?”
RC: “Yes, maybe. Because I think of how I would like to have a woman close to me, in that moment. The femininity, the softness. Maybe, yes, anyway I’m happy as I am.”
And kudos to McDowell for coming back with this little follow-up:
CM: “I think there must be a little bit of gayness in you, given the way you design for men.”
RC: “I take that as a compliment. My first male fan was Lenny Kravitz, and I thought because of him, I have to design for men. In the evening every man looks the same. Like penguins. Women have a special dress for that event, men: the same tuxedo.”