Jan 17, 2017 | By WGSN Insider
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Roberto Cavalli creative director Peter Dundas has left after 18 months. A replacement has yet to be named and Dundas’s next port-of-call is also unknown.
Before returning to Cavalli, the designer had been the artistic director of Emilio Pucci since 2008. He and wife Eva had worked with founder Roberto Cavalli between 2002 and 2005.
“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,” said CEO Gian Giacomo Ferraris in a statement. “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.”
It’s the latest departure in a year filled with creative shifts in the fashion industry, or as Fashionista refers to it: “designer musical chairs.” Recently, design duo Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Monse replaced Peter Copping as the creative directors of Oscar de la Renta, Maria Grazia Chiuri left Valentino after 17 years to join Dior, and after months of speculation—Raf Simons was officially announced as the chief creative officer at Calvin Klein.
It is unclear where Dundas is heading next. “I want to thank Roberto Cavalli and the group for this valuable experience and wish them success in their future endeavours,” said the designer in a statement. His Spring/Summer 2017 collection presented in Milan was his last for the Italian fashion house.
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