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Monday's Connector: Roberto Cavalli

September 29th, 2010
04:23 PM ET

One of the world's leading fashion designers, Roberto Cavalli is known around the world for his ability to bring together both ostentatious styles and wearable fashions.

Roberto Cavalli is your Connector of the Day
Roberto Cavalli is your Connector of the Day

The Italian designer was also the first person to bring out sand blasted jeans to the public.

Born in Florence in 1940, Cavalli found an early love for fashion and art and in his first foray into the business he studied at the local art institute, focusing on textile prints.

Cavalli is also well-known in fashion circles for inventing a method of printing and patching different fabrics together.

After showing off the new technique, Cavalli was offered work with some of the world's leading fashion houses including Hermes and Pierre Cardin.

Today, Roberto Cavalli's clothes is sold in more than 50 countries around the world and his collection is composed of everything from women's wear, men's fashions and even a wide range of accessories.

Here's your chance to send in your questions to fashion designer Roberto Cavalli.

Do you want to know about the state of fashion today? How has things changed since he first started in the business? Does he have a favorite collection he will always remember? What's his biggest accomplishment?

Please leave your questions for Cavalli below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

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  1. vivi

    Questions directly to Mr. Cavalli himself? This is something to take advantage of!

    http://www.ViviVintage.com

    September 29, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  2. Tim

    Any secret to a nice, thick head of hair like you have? Am very envious!

    Tim

    September 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  3. Weslie

    Do you have a fashion nemesis or someone you feel you've been competing against for most of your career in fashion?

    September 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  4. Weslie

    Do you have a fashion nemesis or someone you feel you've been competing against for most of your career in fashion? –Bahrain

    September 29, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  5. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Roberto Cavalli and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Roberto Cavalli on the following questions:

    – How will you Improve Quick Dry for men’s suits in order that men do Not have to change suits when their clothes get wet by Rain or Snow?

    – What is your opinion on Lady ga-GA’s Meat dress, which she wore on the recent MTV Video Music Awards?

    – What can we expect from you in 2010?

    I am awaiting Roberto Cavalli’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    September 29, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  6. Gayle McDonald

    Why do some of us love fashion and presenting ourselves well whilst others find it nonsensical or irrelevant? If we are deep about meaningful things in life why can we not care about fashion as well (as far as others are concerned?) Why do Italians do fashion so much better than anyone else?

    September 29, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  7. Gayle McDonald

    written from Jerusalem, Israel

    September 29, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  8. Gayle McDonald

    September 29th, 2010 8:06 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Why do some of us love fashion and presenting ourselves well whilst others find it nonsensical or irrelevant? If we are deep about meaningful things in life why can we not care about fashion as well (as far as others are concerned?) Why do Italians do fashion so much better than anyone else?

    Gayle McDonald September 29th, 2010 8:07 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    written from Jerusalem, Israel

    September 29, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  9. Abisola

    Will you ever open a store in Nigeria? Will you be taking any new interns this year because I would love to intern for you.

    London

    September 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  10. Lara

    What inspires you?
    What does it feel like to see your creations come to life?
    -Lara from America.

    September 29, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  11. Faria

    Sr. Cavalli,
    What an honour!
    Please could you give 2 names of people from history (not necessarily connected to fashion), who you would love to dress today with your designs and what would you dress them in?
    Eg. Marilyn Monroe and Shah of Iran's wife – Farahdiba.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  12. Nico

    Mr. Cavalli,

    You are one of my biggest fashion idols. What is the key secret(s) to being so successful? What is your favorite success story? Thank you so much!

    September 30, 2010 at 2:46 am | Reply
  13. Neo

    What is your opinion about Lady Gaga's meat dress at the VMAs?

    September 30, 2010 at 2:50 am | Reply
  14. TEDDY

    Robert–Love your clothes–Keep those lines cmin out!!

    September 30, 2010 at 4:47 am | Reply
  15. Jennifer M. Lamb

    Dear Roberto Cavalli,

    Before the Empire Period, men wore clothing and adornments that were just as elaborately styled as women's attire. With a generation of males that embrace burnout fabrics, skinny pants, accessories such as smart phones, and in turn attention, do you believe men will once again triumph the fashion industry? Thank you for your time.

    Jennifer M. Lamb
    Seattle, WA
    United States

    October 1, 2010 at 5:06 am | Reply
  16. Keira

    Hello,

    I'd like to ask Mr. Cavalli, is there a difference (styles, designs, etc) between Fashion Week in the US vs Fashion Week in Europe? If so, what are the main differences?

    Thanks,

    Keira
    NY

    October 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  17. esma

    what is his own success secret? what can he recommend young business people about being successful at work?

    October 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  18. Oliver Dillon Squire

    I would like to ask Roberto Cavalli why he continues to use fur and exotic skins in his collections, when he knows the cruelty involved. It takes up to 50 animals to make one fur coat and these animals are often skinned alive, anally electrocuted and beaten to death.

    Thanks

    Oliver
    Shropshire, England

    October 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Reply

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