August 31 2014

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paris fashion week: lightweight fur and see-through sandals


For his Spring ’09 presentation for Revillon, Peter Dundas said his recent travels north piqued his taste for 1960′s Scandinavian design. “It just colored off on me,” the designer explained. “I wanted something simple, essential, and upbeat—it’s time to be sweet now.” This translated into watercolor shades of lavender or green for constructed shift dresses punctuated with leaflike cutouts or flowers anchored with crystals, worn with a mink bolero or a jacket in knitted fox. Dundas also extended his light and airy vibe to the feet, commissioning Parisian bootmaker Aris to make Plexiglas-soled sandals and clear loafers that look very cool (no slacking on the pedicures, however). Come next spring, the designer’s collections for Revillon will have a new home in Paris, in a yet-to-be-specified neighborhood—perhaps not very far from the shop that Yves Solomon, Revillon’s owner, is opening next door to Costes this week. And as for the designer’s travels south—specifically to Florence, where he’ll take on Pucci? “Actually, [working in] two countries helps me keep the women separate. They are very different people, so it suits me perfectly.”

Photo: François Goizé

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