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CAVALLI LETS IT RIP: Roberto Cavalli showed his romantic and poetic side on Wednesday during the unveiling of his photo exhibition in Milan, titled “Black Is Never Absolute,” but trust the outspoken designer to also add a dose of controversy to the walk-through. “I like to catch the image of a cloud when it goes by. I have looked at a black sky and waited patiently, for hours, for the sun to shine through,” said Cavalli. “You see, black is never absolute. There is always light behind it.”
The images, taken over the past 10 years by the designer during his trips around the world, range from views of the sky and marine landscapes to the desert in Namibia and the only existing baobab that is made of two intertwined trees. “This is the baobab innamorato [in love],” said Cavalli. Yet, with his usual spirit, in the room dedicated to animal prints, Cavalli was quick to point out: “I actually photograph the animals so that I can reproduce the pattern on my dresses, while other designers merely copy my prints.”
Another stab at his peers, and at himself, too, came with Cavalli’s aversion for today’s fashion ad campaigns, which, he believes, have no connection with reality. “Photos in fashion ads are not spontaneous, even mine. Why would Madonna be draining pasta in those Dolce & Gabbana ads? Models wearing dresses in the desert? Kate Moss on a tree?” he said referring to one of his own previous ads. “There’s no sincerity, no spontaneity. I prefer photos of real life.”
The exhibition, which is held in Milan’s Palazzo Morando and runs until Dec. 12, is expected to travel to New York and Miami, among other cities, but dates are not set yet.