Roberto Cavalli Announces Paul Surridge as New Creative Director

Roberto Cavalli Announces Paul Surridge as New Creative Director

The designer has previously worked for Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, and Z Zegna.

The designer has previously worked for Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, and Z Zegna.

Text: Megan Kasselberg

Roberto Cavalli has announced Paul Surridge as the Italian fashion house’s newest creative director, following Peter Dundas’s exit from the role in October 2016. Surridge has worked for Calvin Klein, Christopher Bailey at Burberry, and Raf Simons at Jil Sander, and acted as the creative director for Z Zenga. Until now, he has been serving as a consultant for Acne Studios’s menswear collections.

In a press release, Surridge said, “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.”

In late 2016, Cavalli underwent a reorganization, eliminating 200 jobs and relocating all Milan offices to the brand’s base in Florence after revenues decreased by 13.6% last year. Before his departure, Dundas designed three collections for the brand, after working there from 2002 until 2005 under its founder.

Surridge’s new job begins right away, and his Spring 2018 collection will debut at Milan fashion week in the fall. We’ll be interested to see how his experience in menswear shapes the boho, glamorous, and sensual Cavalli woman, and how his English roots mesh with the Italian luxury brand.

Photo courtesy of gianlucafontana.com

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