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Cavalli Opens Latest Club; It's In Dubai

Godfrey Deeny
July 24th, 2008 @ 11:31 AM - Paris

Why don’t we call him Cavalli the Club King.

Roberto Cavalli is opening his latest club in the metropolis The New York Times has dubbed “the new Wall Street” – Dubai.

This new Dubai party pad follows on his debut restaurant and dance club in Milan’s Parco Sempione, where everyone from Heather Graham and Lucy Liu to singer Kellise and footballer Sol Campbell hang.

“Dubai is a city of the future and the Cavalli Club is a futuristic space created with a global perspective,” Cavalli said of the two-floor, 27,500 square foot space - four times the size of his Milan club - done in black quartz floors shining with crystal dust and six-meter high walls dripping with Swarovski crystals.

Opening restaurants and bars is a long tradition of Italian designers; Giorgio Armani has several editions of Nobu and Armani Prive a basement dance club, Dolce & Gabbana own Milan eatery Gold, Versace has several haute gamme hotels.

Roberto’s new “entertainment & night-life” concept called Cavalli Club debuts in November 2008 and is located within the Fairmont Hotel on elegant Sheikh Zaved Road.

“Dubai reflects the third millennium,” said Cavalli, who predicted that the city state’s “new expressions (of living) can change the habits of the world.”

“Dubai is opening the windows of tomorrow onto this project,” chimed the Tuscan designer, who has partnered with Pragma Group, a UAE holding with wide ranging stakes in everything from marketing and hospitality to entertainment and venture capital.

Cavalli intends retailing his own jewelry, watches and exclusive accessories in the club, along with a deli featuring his choice of the best in “Made in Italy,” opening late for the non-conventional shopping hours of the Middle East’s fastest growing economy, i.e. mostly 24-hours per day.

There will also be a top floor Italian restaurant and two large atolls in gold-colored glass and fur, to host a sushi bar and a cocktail bar offering a Cavalli Selection of red wine and vodka.

And Roberto already has another club in the pipeline, with Florence planned for end 2009. Openings in other major cities worldwide are expected within the next few years.

So forget the frocks and pants; stick to the fetes and the parties.

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