Nineteen months and three seasons later, Norwegian-born designer Peter Dundas has decided to depart from the Florence-based brand Roberto Cavalli. He made his announcement on the 12th October 2016, after having presented his final collection for the brand at Milan Fashion Week in September. His first collection for Cavalli was shown in September 2015.
Dundas first started at the Italian brand as its Head Designer from year 2002 to 2005, before moving on to becoming the Creative Director of Emilio Pucci in 2008. Dundas then made his return to Cavalli in March 2015 as its Creative Director. He had called his return “a homecoming”, and said that it was “an honour for me to continue to evolve the wonderful world of Roberto Cavalli.”
“The choice of Peter Dunda was made with the desire to evolve a style that combines glamour, tradition, and innovation – recognized worldwide as the signature of Cavalli since the birth of the house,” said Roberto and Eva Cavalli regarding the decision to once again welcome Dundas.
“I want to thank Roberto Cavalli and the group for this valuable experience and wish them success in their future endeavours,” said the designer regarding his departure.
Chief Executive Officer of the brand, Gian Giacomo Ferraris spoke about Dundas’s departure: “On behalf of Roberto Cavalli and our shareholders, we thank Peter Dundas for his contribution to the brand, and we wish him well for his future. As Roberto Cavalli goes through a period of transformation, the design team will carry on and the appointment of a new Creative Director will be made in due course.”
Dundas follows a line of change in the community of designers, with the most recent one being Justin O’ Shea leaving Brioni after only 6 short months at the helm. In fact, new Creative Directors have taken the lead at the houses of Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Calvin Klein, and Oscar de la Renta in the past twelve months. Dundas’s replacement is yet to be announced, but we all wait with bated breath to see in which direction Cavalli will head to.