Paul Surridge for Roberto Cavalli

The chop and change of leadership at the world’s biggest fashion houses can sometimes feel a sad and oddly predictable game of musical chairs, but every now and then there’s a curveball that throws you out of your seat. Paul Surridge’s appointment as creative director of Roberto Cavalli in July of this year was one such moment. British-born and Central Saint Martins-trained, Surridge was little known outside of menswear circles, where he had quietly designed for Burberry, Calvin Klein and Z Zegna, before stepping into shoes of Peter Dundas after the latter’s three-season tenure at the Italian house. His debut collection, the result of an eight-week baptism of fire and revealed in September to positive, if not ecstatic, reviews, took Cavalli into fresh territory. The look is modern, pared-back, daytime-friendly, resisting the excesses of decadence and glamour for which the label is best known. A condensed version of the collection appears in store for the first time this month, giving winter sun-seekers a chance to shop the wardrobe they didn’t realize they needed.

Roberto Cavalli, 20-22 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9NE (020 7823 1879); @roberto_cavalli

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