16Arlington co-founder Kikka Cavenati has sadly passed away, aged just 28

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Photo credit: Kirstin Sinclair - Getty Images

Designer Federica Cavenati, who was known to friends as Kikka, has very sadly passed away, aged just 28, after a short and sudden illness, her family has confirmed.

Cavenati founded London label 16Arlington with her partner Marco Capaldo, and was known for dressing some of the world's most famous celebrities in the brand's signature sparkles, including Amal Clooney, Kendall Jenner and Chrissy Teigen. The house had also become famous for its fun and inventive London Fashion Week shows, where the likes of Lena Dunham took to the catwalk.

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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

The 16Arlington team has released a statement describing the "incalculable sense of loss" that they are feeling.

"After a short and sudden illness, the designer died on Monday 18 October 2021," the statement reads. "She is survived by her mother, father and brother, and her life partner, 16Arlington co-founder Marco Capaldo. Together with Marco she built a business which has singularly redefined London’s take on glamour."

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Photo credit: Jeff Spicer/BFC - Getty Images

"The word ‘special’ feels insufficient to assign to the forcefield of optimism, passion and kindness that was Kikka, but it is undoubtedly the most direct route to capturing her. Kikka was a white light; an unmistakable energy and the most encouraging, fiercely loyal friend. That the 16Arlington studio will no longer ring with her wicked laughter and boundless appetite for creativity is a tragic loss to all those lucky enough to know her.

"She will be forever missed."

Capaldo will present an unseen collection in February 2022 in her honour. Our thoughts are with her friends and family.

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