Roberto Cavalli’s Animal Print Obsession Has A Lot To Do With God

Italian designer Roberto Cavalli is known for his chic bohemian clothing and his casually luxurious clothing, but it turns out his zealous use of animal prints is inspired by a much higher power.

Cavalli, who opened a store in Cannes during this year’s film festival, told Elle magazine’s Nick Axelrod that he uses the prints because he wants to emulate the ultimate creative director: God.

“I copy the dress of an animal because I love to copy God. I think God is the most fantastic designer.”

But if Cavalli is copying God’s style, he’s certainly not copying his lifestyle. Most of Axelrod’s interview was conducted on the custom purple 138-foot yacht Cavalli has anchored in Cannes, where the designer explained that he lives like a rock star because, hey, someone has to set an example for other designers to follow, don’t they?

“I think I was the first to show that a designer could be like a rock star, that people should love your fashion but also put your name together with your fashion,” he says, recalling his early-’70s beginnings, when he opened his first boutique in Saint-Tropez, as well as his more recent history as the go-to outfitter for sirens including the Spice Girls, Shakira, and Jennifer Lopez.

God as a branding device? Well, so long as he’s tithing, right? Read the rest of Cavalli’s interview here.


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