The fashion industry witnessed a huge loss this year with the death of Federica Cavenati. Her family announced on November 5 that she had died at the young age of 28 from illness. Lena Dunham, the American actress who was a good friend of the designer, paid an emotional tribute.
More about Federica “Kikka” Cavenati
Kikka was a fashion designer who co-founded the 16Arlington brand with her life and business partner, Marco Capaldo. Many celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, and Lena Dunham, have worn the label on the red carpet. Billie Eilish recently wore clothing from the brand for Vogue magazine. Cavenati and Capaldo met during their fashion studies and later shared a studio at 16 Arlington Street in London. They called their brand down the same street.
After his family announced the sudden death of the fashion designer, people on the Internet are shocked. An official statement was released on behalf of the family which read: “The word ‘special’ feels insufficient to convey the force field of optimism, passion and kindness that was Kikka, but it is certainly the most direct route to capturing her. That the 16Arlington studio no longer rings with her wicked laugh and boundless appetite for creativity is a tragic loss for all those lucky enough to know her.”
Lena Dunham paid an overwhelming tribute.
Lena was good friends with Federica Cavenati and walked in one of her fashion shows in 2020. She has been a loyal fan of the brand. Paying tribute to the late designer, she said: “I was one of the lucky ones, along with women from Lizzo to Amal Clooney, who became a 16 Arlington girl. Finding Kikka and Marco was like coming home to family.” She described her as “Nothing if not beautiful”.
The actress also talked about how fascinated she was with Kikka’s beauty. She said: “But that wasn’t the first thing that struck me, because before all that, when Kikka opened her arms to greet me, even though we had never met, what I noticed was her laugh. It was the kind of laugh you might call a laugh. If it wasn’t so sweet, but you wouldn’t call it a giggle either because it was too encompassing.” Lena wrote a long tribute mentioning everything she loved about Kikka and the fun times they had together. Dunham, who was deeply affected by the loss, also said: “No one who crossed his path will ever be the same.”