The Roberto Cavalli Group said Tuesday it plans to launch a home collection in April during Milan’s Salone del Mobile, the city’s international furniture and design exhibition, inspired by the designer’s iconic animal patterns and brocades.
Cavalli has signed four five-year licenses for the development, production and distribution of furniture and furnishing accessories with JC Passion; wallpaper with Industrie Emiliana Parati; tiles with Gruppo Ceramiche Ricchetti SpA, and textiles, bed, table and bath linens with Caleffi SpA.
The company said it plans to further expand the line with other home products and licenses.
“The home and the objects that surround us reflect our lifestyle,” said Cavalli. “The fantasy, memories of a trip…we are always looking for new inspirations to have objects and atmospheres around us where we feel at ease.”
The designer noted that the home collection stems from his “personal wish to share with those who love me the joy of living my fashion, my creativity, my philosophy and my style also in the world of home decorating.”
The designer’s lifestyle is often portrayed in the media, whether entertaining Hollywood stars on his luxury yacht in Cannes or at his villa on the hills above Florence. In December, Cavalli and Lebanon-based Pragma Group unveiled a licensing agreement to open five Cavalli Clubs and 15 Cavalli Cafés in the next five years in cities across the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and South America. There are existing Cavalli Clubs in Florence and Dubai — the latter also in a deal with Pragma — in addition to a Just Cavalli Club in Milan and three Caffè Giacosas in Florence.
The home furnishings line will be distributed in established markets such as Italy, Europe and the U.S., as well as emerging ones such as Eastern Europe, the Middle East, China and Asia-Pacific.
“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.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast