CAUSE CELEBRE: Who knew the front row of a Roberto Cavalli show could be such a hotbed for political activism? Guests at Monday’s show included Bianca Jagger, who is heading to Brazil in March to address the Global Sustainability Forum in Manaus. While there, she plans to visit Chief Almir Surui to bring attention to loggers that threaten his tribe’s ancestral lands. Jagger will also visit the planned site of the Belo Monte Dam project. “The government and the central bank have a project to build 30 mega-dams in the middle of the Amazon rainforest,” she said. “We are appealing to the president of Brazil, and I hope that she will listen to the voices of the local communities and indigenous people whose livelihood will be put at stake.”
Elisa Sednaoui, the face of Cavalli’s new perfume, said she has finished editing her documentary about Egypt, “Kullu Tamam” (“Everything Is Fine” in English), and hopes to start screening it soon, even if there are no major film festivals scheduled before Cannes in May. “Egypt is a topic I would like to talk about now. I think it’s important, because the elections are going to be over in June,” she explained. Her next film project could also have political overtones. “I cannot say too much, but it’s about a character who was very important in the history of South America, and I play a French lover of his that he meets during his trips,” she said.
Elettra Wiedemann said she was headed to Paris for a series of shoots, including one for cosmetics brand Lancôme, but she won’t be bringing her pop-up restaurant, Goodness, to Paris Fashion Week just yet. “It takes a long time to build one. I’m hoping to do one in Paris in the fall, but I still have to figure it all out,” she said of the eatery, which uses locally sourced ingredients.
Diesel chief Renzo Rosso and models Alek Wek and Nadège were among those who turned out for the show, which closed with Naomi Campbell parading in a floor-sweeping gown. The top model declined all interviews before the show, but Cavalli took the time to sing her praises. “She could receive a fashion Oscar for how she interprets the clothes on the runway,” he said.
Responding to a new wave of rumors about a possible sale of his company, the designer reiterated that “this is not the moment to sell, perhaps one day, after I’ve asked my children whether they want to continue in this business or not, but not now. And don’t talk to me about bankers or investors…”