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Roberto Cavalli throws charity party

Roberto Cavalli held a charity event to celebrate the opening of his newly-renovated store.

The Italian designer has reworked his iconic Madison Avenue flagship shop. To show off his work, he staged a party there this week which was also in honour of Hispanic charity Casita Maria.

The organisation helps encourage young people and their families to reach their full potential by showing them how vital learning is. Roberto is a firm supporter of it, and will be honoured for his fashion achievements at their annual gala in November.

Many of Roberto's biggest supporters and friends attended the party. Among them were Melissa George, Russell Simmons, opera star Anna Netrebko and China Machado.

"Russian women love to dress," Anna, wearing a blue animal-print creation, laughed to style.com. "All that fur and bling, we love it."

The store itself boasted rugs made from ponyhair, a shimmering crystal floor and furniture made to look like pythons.

The man himself was thrilled with the turnout, and with the shop. He also took some time to rebuff rumours he is planning to retire.

"I love women and they love me," he said. "This is my life. I started working in fashion because I love femininity, and to me the most important thing is to make women feel more beautiful."

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