MILAN — A designer’s debut will also be something to quicken the pace, even if only slightly, of those on the international ready-to-wear circuit. In the late stages of the season overlapping runway shows have a tendency to meld together into one pulsating spectacle of light and sound with little to offer in the way of differentiation. Peter Dundas returning to Roberto Cavalli as its creative director, however brought to all the clarity of a sunny midday Saturday in the Italian fashion. The Norwegian designer has long made clothing for women both powerful and sexy and his inaugural collection for the house that made refined denim and leather its calling card extended these commitments. Transmitting the designer’s vision of a woman who is fresh, willful, and free were half dozen models from across the Next network including Olivia Jansing, Binx, Lineisy Montero, Thairine García, Yana Van Ginneken, and Hedvig Palm. Whether or not the clarity of this debut carries into the remaining calendar remains to be seen, but in the mean time there is no denying Peter Dundas has whet appetites for what comes next.

Credits include: Client, Roberto Cavalli; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Spring / Summer 2016; Clothing design, Peter Dundas; Styling, Jane How; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Lighting design, Philippe Cerceau at Clair Obscur; Music, Wladimir Schall; Show production and creative direction, Alexandre de Betak; Casting, John Pfeiffer.