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Roberto Cavalli

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Roberto Cavalli's Show Stopper

Laetitia Casta and Natalia Vodianova backstage at Roberto Cavalli

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Roberto Cavalli's Show Stopper

Roberto Cavalli pulled out all the stops for his 40th anniversary show, tapping models Natalia Vodianova and Laetitia Casta to open and close.

BIRTHDAY BASH: Roberto Cavalli pulled out all the stops for his 40th anniversary show Monday by holding the event at a spectacular venue — the 19th-century marble Arco Della Pace — and tapping Natalia Vodianova and Laetitia Casta to open and close the show, respectively.

 

According to sources, Cavalli is paying Vodianova 50,000-70,000 euros ($67,000-$94,000) for both her walk down the runway in Milan and her attendance at the designer’s Paris bash next month — an event rumored to cost over 1.5 million euros ($2 million). In Milan, the designer had a front row that included many of his Italian celebrity friends, Maria Grazia Cucinotta among them, and a few international names such as Rachel Bilson, Heidi Klum and Leona Lewis.

 

Bilson said she was en route to Paris and that she would start filming an independent movie at the end of October in Los Angeles. “It’s a comedy about three roommates, with Christine Ritter and Kate Bosworth,” said the actress. “Fashion goes hand in hand with music, and Roberto has been really supportive — I want to return the support,” said Lewis. The pop and R&B singer just wrapped her tour, and enthused, “I can’t wait to get back into the studio.”

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