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Photograph by Norman Jean Roy

Have you seen fashion icon Roberto Cavalli’s palatial home in the latest Fashion Issue 97? We give you the grand tour of his home, and give you all the other details in numbers.

74 Roberto Cavalli’s age. The designer was born in Florence, Italy. His father was a mine surveyor and his mother a seamstress, but his creative streak probably comes from his maternal grandfather, Giuseppe Rossi, an Impressionist style painter.

1960 Cavalli starts his own company.

2nd His wife’s placing at the 1977 Miss Universe contest. The designer met Eva Düringer when he was a judge at the contest. The couple got married in 1980 and Eva is works as creative director of the company.

5 His children: Daniele, Robin, Tommaso, Rachele and Cristiana.

138 foot The size of his iridescent purple yacht, on which he regularly hosts star-studded parties.

1970 Cavalli holds his first fashion show in Paris at Salon du Prêt-à-Porter. His evening gowns and garments made of printed leather cause a sensation, and he opens his first store in 1972 in Saint Tropez, called Limbo. Hermès and Pierre Cardin commission him to create designs based on his printed-leather innovations.

1999 Introduces eyewear and menswear, with Cavalli saying, ‘

I love women’s fashion, but women don’t need me as much as men do. It’s the men who have nothing to wear.

2005 Cavalli redesigns the classic Playboy Bunny costume

25 The number of fragrances the house has released. Roberto Cavalli for Women, the brand’s first perfume, was launched in 2002.

14 months How long Cavalli was sentenced to prison for tax evasion. He was cleared of all charges before serving any time.

1 Cavalli’s horse, Love Money, wins a 2004 race at the Milan Hippodrome, with the jockey sporting Cavalli’s trademark animal print on his jacket and beret. ‘Cavalli’ means horse in Italian, and the designer not only raises horses, but also collects horse statues.  

2 hours How long it took for the 2007 Roberto Cavalli for H&M collaboration collection to sell out in London, Milan and Hong Kong.

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Roberto Cavalli launched an interior design collection inspired by (OTT) Tuscan houses.