Roberto Cavalli Net Worth
Roberto Cavalli Net Worth: Roberto Cavalli is an Italian fashion designer who has a net worth of $500 million dollars. Roberto Cavalli was born November 15, 1940 in Florence, Italy. His career began with a bang in 1970 (and though his label predates that of Gianni Versace, to whom he is often compared), Cavalli spent almost two decades in relative obscurity before being (re)born as a red-carpet star in the '90s. An art student turned fashion artist, Cavalli earned commissions in the early '70s from Hermès and Pierre Cardin on the strength of his innovations in printing on leather. Icons Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren sported Cavalli's clothing back in that day. A Bergdorf Goodman ad summed up his appeal with the praise: "With extraordinary abandon, young individualist Roberto Cavalli has captured Italy with his untamed suede sportswear…some wildly savage, some regally elegant." With the arrival of the Japanese avant-garde in the '80s, however, Cavalli fell out of favor. But "the Italian fashion designer with a gypsy soul", as The New York Times called him, came roaring back once the first fires of minimalism had subsided in the mid-1990s. With his helicopter, yacht, Ferraris, racehorses, clubs, vineyard and youthful 'it-crowd' following, Roberto Cavalli crafted a public image as the prototypical Latin lover—and his animal-print, gilded, strass-covered and lavishly embroidered sexpot gowns were as conspicuous as their creator. To dismiss Cavalli as simply a maker of tinseled fripperies, however, would be too simplistic an analysis. Of Cavalli, the fashion critic Hamish Bowles once wrote, "The sheer, outrageous courage of Cavalli's convictions allows him to filter and shake up influences and make them all his own." Cavalli is as much an haute hippie as he is a red-carpet king. Craft seems as much a part of his equation as style. His more recent work includes leopard prints, deep décolletages and leather as well as solid tailoring (often styled to offset the soft flow of chiffon), delicate Liberty florals and virginal whitework.