(Photo by Bob Krieger)

Sak’s Fifth Avenue in Town Center at Boca Raton was a jungle Wednesday, when Roberto Cavalli dropped in for a private event at the store’s closed-out second floor.

It was a claws-out kind of night, with women in animal print minis and floral maxis desperately trying to get in contact with the Italian designer for a photograph. They were pulled away as soon as Cavalli lovingly wrapped his hands around theirs, a response to their slew of compliments.

“Other people want pictures too,” said the Sak’s employees who formed a protective circle around him, arms straight up to the side to form a human barrier.

In an attempt to get to him, a photographer climbed over an ottoman – previously a nice spot for some mannequins to sit, now just a nuisance to the crowd – and shattered a champagne flute left on the floor.

Still, guests persisted. Not even broken glass could stop them.

Cavalli’s calm expression was a stark contrast to the atmosphere. He shook hands, he posed for pictures, he entertained his star-struck audience.

But what else can be expected from a man who spent some time in Papua New Guinea living with cannibals in a forest? Nothing fazed him.

When it came time for a (very) quick interview, he spoke as if the mass of people around him didn’t exist. I was allowed one question – I asked two. He was in no rush.

Mr. Cavalli, it was a pleasure to meet you.

Check out our exclusive Q&A with Roberto Cavalli in our December/January issue. For info on his Miami Beach restaurant, click here.