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Vegas - 2016 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Dita Von Tesse

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64 VEGASMAGAZINE.COM lion prints were mixed, matched, and thrown together with abandon. Somewhere along the way, he segued day into night, pairing sweatshirt-style tops with high-low ball skirts and incorporating accents of shimmering lamé and graphic animal prints. In the collection are plenty of red-carpet moments, including embroidered, dancing-on- tables minis, and more ethereal (though hardly less bold) evening dresses consisting mainly of precariously placed swaths of tie-dyed chiffon and anchoring hardware. "They are all Cavalli classics but reinterpreted for the Cavalli woman of today—a true free spirit who drinks in life with the utmost intensity," says Dundas of his muse. "She puts her perception of beauty, sensuality, and vitality before the con- straints of fashion trends." It comes as no surprise that Dundas knows the Cavalli woman well; his new post marks a reunion of sorts between the Oslo, Norway–born designer and the Italian luxury house. From 2002 until 2005, Dundas served as chief designer at Cavalli, holding posts at various other block- buster brands in between, including Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Emmanuel Ungaro, and Emilio Pucci. Although he now divides his time between Cavalli headquarters in Florence and his long- time Paris home, he spent his teenage years in Indiana and attended the Parsons School of Design in New York. This eclectic upbringing is evident in his boundary- pushing aesthetic. "Every experience I have had has added a layer to who I am as a designer today," he says. "Cavalli has a unique place in fashion that I want to reclaim and evolve. We are just getting started, but I am looking forward to the journey." The Shops at Crystals, 702-736-7300; . "THE CAVALLI WOMAN OF TODAY IS A TRUE FREE SPIRIT WHO DRINKS IN LIFE WITH THE UTMOST INTENSITY." —PETER DUNDAS PHOTOGRAPHY BY GETTY (RUNWAY); COURTESY OF ROBERTO CAVALLI (DUNDAS) Peter Dundas (INSET) preps a model backstage before Roberto Cavalli's Spring/ Summer 2016 runway show in Milan ( TOP AND LEFT), his first as the label's creative director. STYLE TASTEMAKER

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