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English designer Paul Surridge has been tapped to replace Peter Dundas as Creative Director of Roberto Cavalli, joining the Milan-based fashion house immediately. Surridge’s first show with the label will be for Milan Fashion Week, showcasing the Spring ’18 collection this September.
While you may not be super familiar with Surridge’s work, he’s actually massively qualified for the post, having worked with some of the industry’s most well-known power players, like Calvin Klein and Burberry. He was the design director for menswear at Jil Sander for four years, and also served as Creative Director for Z Zegna.
In a statement, Surridge’s enthusiasm reflected his long career in the business:
“I am honoured and proud to carry forward the legacy of this extraordinary Italian house. This is a unique opportunity to contribute a new chapter to the Roberto Cavalli universe, which positively celebrates the beauty, sensuality and power of women. It is my intention to show the passion I share for the codes and vision on which Roberto Cavalli built his brand while celebrating the excellence of Italian craftsmanship.”
Gian Giacamo Ferraris, CEO of Roberto Cavalli, told Business of Fashion: “We met a lot of candidates, a lot of them showed great creative potential, which made the decision not easy, but the [reason] we selected Paul is that next to his distinctive creative quality, he show a strong interest in further developing the code of the house.”