A trip to Cannes Film Festival without managing to get aboard Roberto Cavalli’s yacht, The R.C, is like the proverbial cake without the icing. So imagine our delight to be invited by the man himself, to have lunch and a snoop on his floating palace. First up we asked the man himself what it is about Cannes that keeps him coming back for more? “Believe me, I was the first one to invent Cannes 20 years ago. Everything in Cannes is out of this world that's why I love it.” Cavalli explained to us. Next on to the yacht. Signor Cavalli is the godfather of maximalism, and when it comes to décor, he certainly doesn’t do things by halves.
The R.C is immediately notable, firstly as it is moored directly opposite the Cannes red carpet with hoards of paparazzi awaiting the next A-Lister and secondly because it is painted iridescent purple, shimmering with gold highlights in the sunshine. As we boarded along the gangway (the spot where the paps have caught Cara Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger and Karolina Kurkova departing the R.C this Cannes), we were greeted by Lupo, Cavalli’s adorable German Shepherd. Shoes were immediately removed and stowed into a woven basket but the wooden floor was as smooth as marble through the whole boat.
On the first floor there is a large sitting room lined with sofas strewn with leopard print throws and cushions. Everywhere you look there are animals – serpents and horses (Cavalli means horse in Spanish) in particular. For example there is a hand carved serpent bannister made from a single piece of wood which runs from below to the top floor of the board. As we said, Cavalli doesn’t do things by halves.
On the next floor there is a tidy office with a large desk and then a large deck with a table to set about 16. The table was covered with a joyful floral printed, silk tablecloth – the prints are changed three times daily by staff. At the foot of the boat there is a plush silk cushioned sofa from where you can see out on to the red carpet. Staff served us fresh salad and a cheeseboard for a light lunch, and we were treated to Cavalli’s wine (he only makes red, but ice cold white was also on offer).
We then had a nose around the back of the boat where there are two decks for private sun-lounging. Shells and pearls are strewn across printed silk tablecloths and cushions adding a further sense of opulence to these exclusive spots. And the view. With the hills of Cannes providing the backdrop and the endless horizon spanning the Cote d’Azur coastline, it truly is a little slice of heaven.
There are six bedrooms on the R.C – while we were aboard Karoline Kurkova and her husband and son were milling around, and this Cindy Crawford had also been staying. Mr Cavalli always sleeps in the R.C during Cannes. As we left the Cavallis to their evening and said goodbye to Lupo, Grazia Daily decided that we could definitely cope with a few more days and nights on the R.C. A bientôt Roberto!
We'll be bringing you more from our trip with Roberto in Grazia magazine but in the meantime, check out more of our exclusive snaps in the gallery below...