Peter Dundas Takes the Top Job At Cavalli

It's official: Former Emilio Pucci designer Peter Dundas is the new creative director of Roberto Cavalli.
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It's official: Former Emilio Pucci designer Peter Dundas is the new creative director of Roberto Cavalli.
Dundas on a panel in Dubai last year. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Dundas on a panel in Dubai last year. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

After months of heavy speculation that reached a fever pitch during Milan Fashion Week, we now have some resolution: Peter Dundas, who's worked as the creative director at Emilio Pucci since 2008, has taken the top design job at Roberto Cavalli, the Italian house has confirmed to Fashionista. Dundas will present his debut collection at the house in September, and will be responsible for both women's and men's ready-to-wear, the accessories collections and all of Cavalli's licenses in his new role as creative director. 

The designers showed their fall 2015 collections — Dundas for Pucci and Cavalli at his own label — in Milan, and though the fact that they were their final collections went unconfirmed, the move is all but unexpected. Even Pucci's show invitations hinted at Dundas's imminent departure, expressing "gratitude" for his service to the brand. 

With his flair for swirling prints and color that ooze glamour and sex appeal, Dundas is something of a no-brainer for Cavalli. "The choice of Peter Dundas was made with the desire to evolve a style that combines glamour, tradition and innovation, recognized worldwide as the signature of Cavalli since the birth of the house," Roberto and Eva Cavalli said in a statement. Dundas also happens to have worked as chief designer at the house for three years in the early '00s. That helps.

The question now is whether a Cavalli buyout — rumors of which have been lurching along for over a year — will finally materialize, now that the fashion house has a young, LVMH-trained designer heading it up. As for Dundas's replacement at Pucci? We'd look to Marco Zanini right about now.