In his debut as creative director, designer Peter Dundas conjures the Cavalli woman of today.
House style! Cavalli's first creative director since Roberto Cavalli himself, Norwegian fashion ace Peter Dundas has pledged to uphold the master's boundary-pushing aesthetic.
Peter Dundas’ Spring/Summer 2016 collection for Roberto Cavalli—his first as creative director—draws from the Italian house’s familiar codes while incorporating a more irreverent, street-smart perspective. “I wanted to explore sportier ways of expressing the Cavalli woman’s vibe,” says Dundas of his inspiration behind the biker babe-meets-’80s pop star ensembles he sent down the runway. “The collection is precious, but there is no attitude. It’s a more modern way to dress that doesn’t forget the essence of who the Roberto Cavalli woman is—very glamorous and sexy.”
For daytime looks, Dundas paired modern separates, such as a billowing trench coat in washed-out peach, with short shorts and buff leather, while lavender, high-waisted jeans, burnout suede tops, and brocade lion prints were mixed, matched, and thrown together with abandon. Somewhere along the way, he segued day into night, pairing sweatshirt-style tops with high-low ball skirts and incorporating accents of shimmering lamé and graphic animal prints.
In the collection are plenty of red-carpet moments, including embroidered, dancing-ontables- minis, and more ethereal (though hardly less bold) evening dresses consisting mainly of precariously placed swaths of tie-dyed chiffon and anchoring hardware.
“They are all Cavalli classics but reinterpreted for the Cavalli woman of today—a true free spirit who drinks in life with the utmost intensity,” says Dundas of his muse. “She puts her perception of beauty, sensuality, and vitality before the constraints of fashion trends.”
It comes as no surprise that Dundas knows the Cavalli woman well; his new post marks a reunion of sorts between the Oslo, Norway–born designer and the Italian luxury house. From 2002 until 2005, Dundas served as chief designer at Cavalli, holding posts at various other blockbuster brands in between, including Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Emmanuel Ungaro, and Emilio Pucci. Although he now divides his time between Cavalli headquarters in Florence and his longtime Paris home, he spent his teenage years in Indiana and attended the Parsons School of Design in New York. This eclectic upbringing is evident in his boundary pushing aesthetic.
“Every experience I have had has added a layer to who I am as a designer today,” he says. “Cavalli has a unique place in fashion that I want to reclaim and evolve. We are just getting started, but I am looking forward to the journey.” The Shops at Crystals, 702-736-7300