As the son of Roberto Cavalli, Daniele comes from one of the finest pedigrees in fashion, so it was never a surprise when he started designing the Roberto Cavalli menswear range. What was surprising was his admission that he has ‘never really been a fashion person’. We find out from the boy wonder why he doesn’t relate to fashion before showcasing the latest Roberto Cavalli fashion film on Hunger TV.
YOU HAVE SAID THAT YOU ARE ‘NOT REALLY A FASHION PERSON’ – WHY DIDN’T YOU PURSUE A DIFFERENT CAREER?
I am not really a fashion person, in the sense that I do not relate with the fashion system built around menswear today, which I think works well for the women, but which has lost contact with the male audience, relating mostly to ” fashion persons”. Fashion is the only industry, maybe only along with cinema, which includes in itself all the arts, and my biggest fascination is to be in contact , explore and utilise as many tools as possible. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to, in a unique way, deal with such different aspects of the world we live in, from the most creative arts to the business part. That ‘s why, for menswear, I like to talk about style and not fashion. Style is a consequence of personality and personality is the sum of all the interests that a man lives daily.
DESCRIBE THE CONCEPT OF THE NEW MENSWEAR COLLECTION.
I have always been led by a musical inspiration, this time I wanted to focus on the power of night and therefore the influence of light on darkness. It is more of a cinematographic approach, a fresh vision of gentlemen portraiture. A mix of the fumoir allure of sensual and decadent interiors of the past and the sharp, jagged reflections of mirrors, which emphasise the primary concept on which I developed the prints: the teleidoscope.
YOU’VE SAID THAT MENSWEAR IS MORE ABOUT STYLE, WHICH IS ABOUT PERSONALITY. HOW DOES THE NEW COLLECTION REPRESENT YOUR PERSONALITY?
I tried to represent my personality in the details, often discreet and mysterious, as a dark soul who treasures and tends to protect, in order to allow a slow discovery of the universe of colour preserved in its essence..
WHAT DO YOU THINK MENSWEAR IS MISSING?
I don’t really think anything is missing. I think there is too much! But very often menswear has a way of communicating which is distant from the approach of male nature. There is too much attention on the single pieces of clothing while not enough care on the lifestyle and the world that surrounds those pieces.
Express the pleasure of being and not only the pleasure of appearing.
YOU DESIGN THE MENSWEAR RANGE, AND YOUR MOTHER AND FATHER DESIGN WOMENSWEAR – DOES FASHION DOMINATE YOUR CONVERSATIONS?
Unfortunately very often it does! But I have to say that there is no greater joy of sharing and discussing projects and visions with such creative minds that I admire so much.
YOU’RE A HUGE MUSIC FAN – ANY PLANS TO MOVE INTO THAT AREA OF WORK?
I always liked to compare my musical approach to the most beautiful of women….and I am still in the courtship phase!
WHAT DO YOU DO TO TAKE YOUR MIND OFF FASHION?
It’s not really getting away, because as I said before, I have the luck of being able to work with my hobbies. But photography is surely what gives me the greatest satisfaction; being able to represent my point of view through the playful use of light and colors. This is why being able to work with Rankin was for me such an honour and a chance to learn from a great master. With a selected family of creative minds we are developing an independent web based project which will be launched soon. It will be called “shootinthedark” and will focus on a mixture of studio photography of character portraiture and unique objects.s
WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR?
Insatiable curiosity, enthusiasm to discover all the wonders that our world has gifted us with!