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Roberto Cavalli names Paul Surridge as creative director

Roberto Cavalli has hired Paul Surridge as its new creative director, with immediate effect.

British-born Surridge joins from Acne Studios, where he worked as creative consultant. Before this, he held the position of creative director at Z Zegna for three years until 2014. He has also held roles at Jil Sander, Burberry and Calvin Klein.

Surridge succeeds former postholder Peter Dundas, who left the label in October.

Roberto Cavalli chief executive Gian Giacomo Ferraris, who has also previously worked at Jil Sander, said: “I have worked with Paul, and I had the opportunity to appreciate his creative talent as well as his managerial abilities. Paul has a 360-degree vision on brands and branding. He is passionate, mature and an amazing team player.

“We all believe that he is the ideal candidate to complete our management team and contribute to implement the ambitious development plans for Roberto Cavalli, which we have agreed with our stakeholders.”

Surridge will debut his first designs in Milan in September, showcasing the women’s spring 2018 collection.

Former Versace chief executive Ferraris was appointed to the leadership role at Roberto Cavalli in July, replacing Renato Semerari.

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