Cavalli has already released a string of fragrances in the past decade, but this one, he says, is different. His first with Coty, it's a blend of pink peppercorn, orange flower, and roasted tonka beans. "It is a perfect perfume because it's not too much," he says, looking pleased with the result. "It's delicate, it's soft, it's very young." Young, but not too young — in the same way that Cavalli's animal-print gowns need to be worn with confidence, the fragrance has a certain sophistication that leans more womanly than girlish.
Cavalli has said that he designs clothes for women who want to be noticed, but he insists that attitude, not a "perfect" model physique, is the key to wearing one of his creations. "What does it mean to be a supermodel?" he asks. "To be tall and skinny? Absolutely not. Every woman is a supermodel. A supermodel is a woman who's feminine and strong. Many women are more beautiful than they think."
Roberto Cavalli, the fragrance, is available now.