Dundas brings fresh take on Cavalli in debut line

Sat Sep 26, 2015 6:19pm EDT
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

MILAN (Reuters) - Peter Dundas presented his debut collection as creative director of Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli on Saturday, offering a youthful take on a brand known for bold animal prints.

Dundas takes on the main designer role from founder Roberto Cavalli, 74, and his wife, Eva.

The celebrity-favorite fashion house has been through several changes this year, with private equity fund Clessidra acquiring control in April. Cavalli retains 10 percent.

Dundas, who was previously at fellow Italian fashion house Emilio Pucci, worked at Cavalli from 2002 to 2005.

At the Milan Fashion Week spring/summer 2016 show, he cut sleeves off denim jackets and colored them in pastels, teaming them with skin-tight or looser high-waisted trousers. Other denim jackets were short with plaits running down the sides.

Dundas kept up the trademark animal prints by putting lions' faces on dresses. Zebra print featured on gilets and mini dresses.

He also tied large bows on one-shoulder crop tops, and embroidered tassels across his denim creations and dresses.

For a brand known for floaty gowns, the nod to long dresses came in ball skirts that were short in front and had flowing trains at the back.   Continued...

Designer Peter Dundas waves at the end of the Roberto Cavalli's Spring/Summer 2016 collection during Milan Fashion Week in Italy, September 26, 2015.  REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini