In an interview with Colin McDowell at a Selfridges event, Roberto Cavalli discusses his sexuality and its effect on design:
RC: "In my planet, fashion, I'm the only straight man." CM: "There's a few." RC: "Who?" CM: "Ralph Lauren, he's straight." RC: "Are you sure?" ... CM: "So, does being straight make you a better designer?" RC: "Yes, maybe. Because I think of how I would like to have a woman close to me, in that moment. The femininity, the softness. Maybe, yes, anyway I'm happy as I am." CM: "I think there must be a little bit of gayness in you, given the way you design for men." RC: "I take that as a compliment..."