Peter Dundas: 'Fashion is about being fearless'
Peter Dundas always advises women to wear pieces that make them feel empowered.
The Norwegian designer was named as the creative director of Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli in March 2015, and has since built a reputation for crafting feminine creations which combine glamour, tradition and innovation. And when it comes to style, Dundas thinks some of the best looks come about when they are impulsive.
"Fashion is about being fearless. Wear things you love, but don’t worry about them fitting together – sometimes when you experiment with your favourite pieces, you get the best result," he told The Edit. "It should never make you feel bad about yourself, or sad. It should be uplifting. If you look good on the outside, you feel good on the inside."
Dundas, who studied at Parsons School of Design in New York before building up his experience with the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier and Lacroix, thinks that striking a balance in an ensemble is important too. He isn't a fan of an outfit looking "too perfect" and prefers when clothes look loved and lived in, like combining a gold suit with a band T-shirt, or a pair of Converse with a maxi dress. Interestingly, he also tends to think of his dresses as T-shirts.
"It’s a cliché, but I like something easy that makes you feel immediately confident and not a prisoner of the look. That’s why I think of my dresses as T-shirts - regardless of how much work has gone into them or how embellished they are, they can be thrown on and forgotten about," he explained.
When putting together a wardrobe, Dundas also asserts that colour is key. He believes the selection of the right colour has the power to lift a person's mood as well as to create a lasting visual impression.
"It’s not by chance that little girls always want pink, it’s so uplifting," he shared. "I always have a yellow dress in my collections – it suits everyone and it will transform you into a golden girl!"