Peter Dundas and Ciara at the Roberto Cavalli SS17 show in Milan
Party boy Peter Dundas has left the Italian brand Roberto Cavalli after just a year and a half at the brand. When he joined in March 2015, we were convinced he was going to be a great fit. For starters, he’d already worked at the Florence-based label as head designer with founder Roberto and his wife Eva from 2002 to 2005. Not only that, but his mega-bling designs for Pucci, where he was artistic director from 2008 until he left to join Cavalli, were the perfect vibe for his new gig. Oh, and he has a penchant for leopard print – a must for anyone planning to head up the design team at Roberto Cavalli.
But it seems somewhere along the line, it has gone wrong. At the Spring/Summer 2017 show at Milan fashion week last month, we have to say we were a little disappointed; the bohemian collection felt rather samey and didn’t show any new ideas. It was like Cavalli painting by numbers. Gian Giacomo Ferraris, chief executive officer at the fashion house, issued this statement this morning:
“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.”
Norwegian-born Dundas is popular in the fashion world. He has a fun guy reputation and is a regular on the party circuit - although he’s going to have to rename his “Cavalli Cats”, girls like Poppy Delevingne and Natasha Poly with whom he enjoys his lavish lifestyle – so we’re sure he will be snapped up by another brand before long. He issued his own statement today:
“I want to thank Roberto Cavalli and the Group for this valuable experience and I wish them the best in their future endeavors,” said Dundas. “I am especially grateful to the ateliers and the teams who participated in this adventure.”
Just when we thought the roundabout of creative director change had slowed down a pace, it might just be starting up again…