MILAN — Roberto Cavalli was up early on Saturday morning, giving tours of his new Milanese flagship store, clutching a new bold accessory — a crutch covered with black and white Swarovski crystals in a zebra pattern, following an operation on his hip two weeks ago.
Cavalli staged his fall runway show in the afternoon and was to cap off the day with a cocktail party to fete his biggest boutique in the world.
Located on Via Montenapoleone, also overlooking the historical Via Bagutta, the boutique spans 16,200 square feet and is meant to represent the brand’s new Global Fashion Store.
“The spaces available on Via Montenapoleone are getting fewer and fewer and prices are incredible,” Cavalli lamented. “But it’s so important to be here because Via Montenapoleone keeps growing, while in many other international cities several shopping streets are slowing down. Take Sloan Street in London, there is a lack of customers there.”
The boutique, which unfolds over five floors connected by a grand staircase with mother of pearl steps, as well as by a digital video wall visible on each level, features a single window on the street.
“Having ten shopping windows on the street is just a sign of opulence,” said Cavalli.
Along with showcasing the brand’s women’s, men’s and children’s ready-to-wear and accessories lines, on the second level the boutique hosts an atelier for made-to-measure designs, while the basement is dedicated to the home line and boasts an external garden.
Cavalli created an exclusive women’s collection of apparel and accessories, named ‘Montenapoleone’ Limited Edition and based on the house’s iconic leopard prints, available only at the location. He revealed that he is developing another line.
“I’m creating a more casual and fun line of T-shirts and sweaters for the Roberto Cavalli label,” said the designer. “Then, I would like to add a jeans range, but I’m still waiting for another supernatural idea, I’m waiting for divine inspiration,” he quipped.
Unique items at the store include precious and models of the Hera bag in laminated gold leather and powder pink mink, or laminated silver leather and jewel applications. Other designs include a silver python leather look with a pavè of Swarovski crystals on the shoulder strap.
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“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
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