Dear Shaded Viewers,
Peter Dundas made a triumphant return to Paris Fashion Week with his Fall/Winter 23/24 collection, showcased at the Opéra Garnier in a stunning setting bathed in red light. Dundas surprised his loyal clientele with a departure from his signature slinky, skimpy numbers and instead showcased a collection that focused on tailored outerwear, inspired by his Norwegian seafaring family history.
The collection featured sweeping greatcoats, capes, peacoats, ’70s redingotes, and double-breasted pantsuits, all beautifully tailored and impeccably executed. Dundas skillfully weaved in references to his family history with sailor pants and a Fair Isle wool jumper that his grandmother used to knit. The collection’s more elegant and slender silhouettes added diversity to the DUNDAS Woman’s wardrobe, showcasing the designer’s versatility.
While Dundas’s focus may have shifted to tailoring, he didn’t stray too far from his sensualist roots. The collection’s chiffon dresses, printed in Celtic motifs, and slinky numbers cut on the bias with ultra-plunging draped necklines in velvet devoré, showed off the designer’s sensual side. Despite the sheer and transparent fabrics, Dundas’s focus was on veiling the body rather than exposing it, emphasizing the sensual rather than the overtly sexy.
The jewelry, created in collaboration with Raven Kauffman, was a standout, recalling hardware on sailboats and adding an edgy touch to the collection. Overall, DUNDAS Fall/Winter 23 is a beautiful love letter to Dundas’s Norwegian heritage, showcasing his tailoring skills while still retaining his sensualist approach. It is a collection that is sure to appeal to both new and longtime fans of the DUNDAS brand.