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The Roberto Cavalli Report

It was an eventful week last week for Mr. Cavalli, and he's not looking to be out of the press anytime soon what with all the Just Cavalli woes, lawsuits and, of course, crying. So let's break it down.

We first got word that Cavalli was canceling the runway show for Just Cavalli because it hasn't been doing so well, and everyone saw this as the mega-metaphorical final blow that would smote the line. Then we learned that the line would show after all, but in a presentation rather than on the runway. Not a day later it was revealed that Ittierre, the production and licensing company that makes Just Cavalli, went bankrupt earlier in the month, prompting the JC presentation insteadof the runway show because, says Cavalli, "I can't make a show with so few pieces. I don't like to do 50 percent. For me, a fashion show is my adrenaline, my emotion. To decide not to show was, for me, very hard." Then he got all weepy. Che triste! (but, he did remind us that he has, like, a million Facebook friends and they make him happy.)

Now, in the most recent development, it's being reported that Ittierre is suing Cavalli for all the trash talk! Cavalli claimed dissatisfaction with the production quality of the line and now Ittierre is firing back saying that his decision to cancel the show was "unilateral" and "unjustified with serious prejudice to Ittierre's image." We love that this is so junior high, but having someone as famous as Roberto Cavalli slam you worldwide would get us all "hold up, bitch" too. Ittierre operates licenses for a lot of other labels like C'N'C Costume National and John Galliano, so having a bad word against them could hurt their credibility in the eyes of other brands.

Still, Cavalli continued his denouncement of the company, noting that his contract expires in two season so he practically already has "a foot outside" and that the contract, as far has he is concerned, "has expired." He also noted that he's tried to end the contract before, since Ittierre didn't pay him the $25.3 million owed in royalties.

So here is where this fashion season's battle royale stands thus far. Our breath remains bated as we continue to see how this plays out, because not one but two necks are on the line and it would just be a pity to see everyone come crashing down, zebra-print and sequenced pieces lying in ruin.


-- Seth Plattner

Advocate Channel - The Pride StoreOut / Advocate Magazine - Fellow Travelers & Jamie Lee Curtis

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