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Italian designer Roberto Cavalli dies aged 83

Cavalli's designs have been worn by stars like Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Kim Kardashian, and Jennifer Lopez.

Italian designer Roberto Cavalli is dead at 83!

Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, known for his animal prints on leather and textiles, passed away at home in Florence after a long illness.

The designer has been the darling of the international jet set for decades.

Cavalli launched his namesake fashion brand in 1970 and later invented and patented an innovative leather printing process.

He opened his first small shop, Limbo, in the French city of Saint-Tropez in 1972.

Cavalli’s designs have been worn by stars like Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Kim Kardashian, and Jennifer Lopez.

The founder of Armani, Giorgio Armani, was among the first to pay tribute to the late designer, saying his “Tuscan verve” would be missed.

In a statement posted on Armani’s social media accounts, he said: “Roberto was a true artist, wild and wonderful in his use of prints, capable of transforming fantasy into seductive clothes.”

When asked what inspired him to use animal prints in his designs, Cavalli told Vogue in a 2011 interview: “I like everything that is of nature.”

“I started to appreciate that even fish have a fantastic coloured ‘dress’, so does the snake, and the tiger. I started to understand that God is really the best designer, so I started to copy God.”

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