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Cavalli announces Peter Dundas as new creative director

Peter Dundas has been named as the creative director of Roberto Cavalli. Due to show his first collection for the brand in September, it follows a successful tenure at Pucci where Dundas had been creative director since 2008.

Te move had been widely predicted by the fashion industry. Dundas’s last collection for Pucci, shown in February, saw the designer taking a bow with the rest of his design team. While no formal announcement was made, it was assumed this signified Dundas both paying tribute to those he has worked with for the past six years, and handing over the mantle.

Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli in Milan last year Photograph: Luca Bruno/AP

Dundas is a great fit for Cavalli. He began his design career there and the jetset glamour which fuels the brand runs through his veins; his time at Pucci allowed him to develop it further. While Cavalli is commercially successful, the formula of floaty frocks, sparkle and sexy dresses has become somewhat tired in recent years. The introduction of Dundas – who counts Poppy Delevigne and Rita Ora in his circle, judging by his Instagram – will bring in a new, more modern perspective and, one imagines, the priceless endorsement of his crowd.

It is unclear what role Roberto Cavalli, now 74, will have in the new structure. Dundas’s chair at Pucci, meanwhile, seems destined for Italian designer Marco Zanini. Formerly at Rochas, he had a short spell at Schiaparelli last year, leaving after only two months.

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