Federica Cavenati, the style designer and co-founder of the London-based mostly label 16Arlington, has died aged 28.

A soaring star in the fashion market, the Italian-born designer regarded as Kikka co-intended the manufacturer together with her organization and lifetime husband or wife, Marco Capaldo. A statement from her household on Friday said she had died past month soon after a small health issues.

Famed for their present-day choose on old-planet glamour and modernisation of sequins and feathers, the pair introduced 16Arlington in 2017 to speedy acclaim. British Vogue described its ascent as “stratospheric” and “the neat girl’s go-to for ‘conversation-starting’ evening-wear”.

The label promptly became identified for its purple-carpet creations. A-listers which include Woman Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Lena Dunham had been loyal followers. Most a short while ago, Billie Eilish modelled parts for her Vogue journal debut and Amal Clooney chose to put on a single of the label’s flooring-length robes to show up at the London movie pageant in October.
The brand was named right after the London street where by Cavenati and Capaldo shared their initially studio collectively right after conference all through their fashion scientific tests at the London arm of the renowned Istituto Marangoni.

“The word ‘special’ feels insufficient to assign to the forcefield of optimism, enthusiasm and kindness that was Kikka, but it is undoubtedly the most immediate route to capturing her,” the loved ones mentioned. “That the 16Arlington studio will no more time ring with her wicked laughter and boundless appetite for creativity is a tragic decline to all those lucky more than enough to know her.”

As news of Cavenati’s demise was created general public, buddies of the designer and the model started to pay back tribute. “For individuals who realized Kikka, she was the ideal feasible illustration of what it is to be a designer, model founder and resourceful,” Stephanie Phair, the chair of the British Style Council, explained to the Guardian.

“Hard-performing and enjoyable, skilled to the extraordinary she showed kindness to anyone, from her faithful seamstresses to the celebs she fitted, and inspite of the fast achievement the brand name observed, remained humble and open up.”