Italian Fashion Designer Roberto Cavalli Dies Aged 83

FILE PHOTO: Italian designer Roberto Cavalli acknowledges applause on the catwalk with US model Cindy Crawford at the end of his Autumn/Winter 2002/03 collection at Milan fashion week March 4, 2002. REUTERS/Paolo Cocco/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Italian designer Roberto Cavalli acknowledges applause on the catwalk with US model Cindy Crawford at the end of his Autumn/Winter 2002/03 collection at Milan fashion week March 4, 2002. REUTERS/Paolo Cocco/File Photo
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Italian Fashion Designer Roberto Cavalli Dies Aged 83

FILE PHOTO: Italian designer Roberto Cavalli acknowledges applause on the catwalk with US model Cindy Crawford at the end of his Autumn/Winter 2002/03 collection at Milan fashion week March 4, 2002. REUTERS/Paolo Cocco/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Italian designer Roberto Cavalli acknowledges applause on the catwalk with US model Cindy Crawford at the end of his Autumn/Winter 2002/03 collection at Milan fashion week March 4, 2002. REUTERS/Paolo Cocco/File Photo

Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, known for his animal-print designs loved by showbusiness stars, has died at the age of 83, his company said.
Cavalli, who founded his label in the early 1970s, had been ill for some time. He is survived by his six children and his partner Sandra Bergman Nilsson.
"The Roberto Cavalli company shares condolences with Mr. Cavalli's family, his legacy remains a constant source of inspiration," Sergio Azzolari, chief executive of Roberto Cavalli, said in a post on Instagram.
The designer died on Friday at his home in Florence, Italian news agency ANSA reported.
Cavalli, who used bright colors and patchwork effects in his often revealing creations, was an extroverted art lover who wore tinted glasses and smoked a cigar, Reuters reported.
He expanded into real estate and often spent evenings in his popular "Just Cavalli Cafe," a nightclub in central Milan.
Giorgio Armani said he always had "enormous respect" for Cavalli even though his vision of fashion could not have been more different.
"Roberto was a true artist, wild and wonderful in his use of prints, capable of transforming fantasy into seductive clothes," he posted on social media platform X.
A popular image of US model Cindy Crawford in July 2000 shows her descending Rome's Spanish steps in a Cavalli-designed long slip dress depicting a tiger face.
"You will be missed and you are loved by so many that your name will continue on, a beacon of inspiration for others, and especially for me," said Roberto Cavalli's creative director Fausto Puglisi.



Birkenstock Raises Annual Revenue Forecast on Strong Footwear Demand

A Birkenstock shoe shop is pictured in Dortmund August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY)/File Photo
A Birkenstock shoe shop is pictured in Dortmund August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY)/File Photo
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Birkenstock Raises Annual Revenue Forecast on Strong Footwear Demand

A Birkenstock shoe shop is pictured in Dortmund August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY)/File Photo
A Birkenstock shoe shop is pictured in Dortmund August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY)/File Photo

Birkenstock raised its annual revenue forecast on Thursday, as the German sandal maker bets on benefits from full-price selling and strong demand for its closed-toe silhouettes and cork-based sandals.
Wholesale retailers are still stocking up on in-demand products like Birkenstock despite a wider effort to cut back on inventory due to waning demand for discretionary items such as footwear.
Demand for Birkenstock's sandals and shoes made of cork also got a boost from Margot Robbie donning a pair of pink Birkens in the movie "Barbie" last year.
The company now expects fiscal 2024 revenue between 1.77 billion euros ($1.91 billion) and 1.78 billion euros, compared with its prior forecast of 1.74 billion euros to 1.76 billion euros.
Birkenstock reported quarterly revenue of 481.2 million euros, compared with market expectations of 466.1 million euros, according to LSEG data.