After creating an SS’17 collection that perfectly encapsulated the new romantic bohemian trend, Peter Dundas has abruptly left Roberto Cavalli after only three seasons. His departure makes him the latest in a wave of designers to leave top positions at lauded fashion houses. In recent seasons, Dior, Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Calvin Klein, and Oscar de la Renta have all appointed new creative directors.
Dundas’s 2015 appointment to creative director marked a return to Cavalli. He designed for the brand in the early 2000s before becoming the creative director of Emilio Pucci. Although his exit comes as a surprise there does not seem to be any bad blood between himself and the company (so far). In the official departure announcement on October 12th, Roberto Cavalli Group said the following:
“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.” -CEO Gian Giacomo Ferraris
On the same day, Dundas stated:
“I want to thank Roberto Cavalli and the Group for this valuable experience and I wish them the best in their future endeavors. I am especially grateful to the ateliers and the teams who participated in this adventure.” -Peter Dundas
With the absence of Dundas at Cavalli, two questions are on the lips of the fashion world – who will be the next Cavalli creative director and what will Dundas do next? If the situation is at all similar to Raf Simon’s dramatic exit from Dior and subsequent appointment at Calvin Klein, we’d bet that Dundas has something up his paisley-printed sleeve.
-Jasmine Williams for The Untitled Magazine