MILAN, Oct 21, 2009 / — Roberto Cavalli will attend and be the guest of honor at the first Annual Fashionable Istanbul.

Istanbul’s weekend of fashion, hosted by top model Bar Rafaeli, will open with a Gala in honor of the Florentine designer. The following two days of events will feature upcoming Turkish designers along with major brands such as Missoni, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gianfranco Ferre’ and Vivien Westwood.

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli will show a unique collection of pieces from the Fall/Winter 2009 collection and a selection of signature archival gowns from the Florentine House. The show will be held at the striking Dolmabahce Palace.

A dinner party honoring the designer will follow after the show at the exclusive Reina Clubcon with dignitaries and VIPs from Turkey.

“I’m very honored to have been selected and to be part of the first Fashionable Istanbul because I think this invitation is recognition of my personal positive, vibrant and winning vision of fashion. My emotion is even bigger considering Istanbul is a seductive and mysterious city, a geographical bridge between my culture and the East.”

Roberto Cavalli opened his boutique in Istanbul in 2003 and is a well established brand in the Turkish market.