Federica Cavenati, rising star of fashion design, dies aged 28

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Federica Cavenati, the manner decorator and co-founder of the London-based statement 16Arlington, has died aged 28.

A rising prima successful the manner industry, the Italian-born decorator known arsenic Kikka co-designed the marque alongside her concern and beingness partner, Marco Capaldo. A connection from her household connected Friday said she had died past period aft a abbreviated illness.

Famed for their modern instrumentality connected old-world glamour and modernisation of sequins and feathers, the mates launched 16Arlington successful 2017 to contiguous acclaim. British Vogue described its ascent arsenic “stratospheric” and “the chill girl’s go-to for ‘conversation-starting’ evening-wear”.

The statement rapidly became known for its red-carpet creations. A-listers including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Lena Dunham were loyal fans. Most recently, Billie Eilish modelled pieces for her Vogue mag debut and Amal Clooney chose to deterioration 1 of the label’s floor-length gowns to be the London movie festival successful October.
The marque was named aft the London thoroughfare wherever Cavenati and Capaldo shared their archetypal workplace unneurotic aft gathering during their manner studies astatine the London limb of the renowned Istituto Marangoni.

“The connection ‘special’ feels insufficient to delegate to the forcefield of optimism, passionateness and kindness that was Kikka, but it is undoubtedly the astir nonstop way to capturing her,” the household said. “That the 16Arlington workplace volition nary longer ringing with her wicked laughter and boundless appetite for creativity is simply a tragic nonaccomplishment to each those fortunate capable to cognize her.”

As quality of Cavenati’s decease was made public, friends of the decorator and the marque began to wage tribute. “For those who knew Kikka, she was the champion imaginable illustration of what it is to beryllium a designer, marque laminitis and creative,” Stephanie Phair, the seat of the British Fashion Council, told the Guardian.

“Hard-working and fun, nonrecreational to the extreme; she showed kindness to everyone, from her loyal seamstresses to the celebrities she fitted, and contempt the speedy occurrence the marque found, remained humble and open.”