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Peter Dundas and Linda Fargo Disco at Bergdorfs

Peter Dundas and Linda Fargo Disco at Bergdorfs
From WWD - February 10, 2018

On Friday night, alongside the glittering apparel and accessories in Bergdorf Goodmans windows, stood a scantily clad go-go dancer gyrating in the direction of The Plaza Hotel. Upstairs, the retailers shoe salon had been converted into a disco-themed Club 58 celebrating the launch of a capsule collection from Peter Dundas label.

Last year, the Norwegian-born designer revealed the creation of Dundas, his first solo endeavor after serving as creative director for Emilio Pucci, Emanuel Ungaro and Roberto Cavalli. Dundas formed the company with Evangelo Bousis, his partner both in life and in business.

I love Peter and Evangelo very much, said Princess Beatrice of York, who navigated around the mirrorball-lit dance floor as DJ Mia Morettis disco soundtrack vibrated the room. Hes had such an incredible career and to then go off and do something on your own is so courageous.

Beatrice, who typically avoids New York Fashion Week events, attended very much as a supportive friend. The 29-year-old granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II went on to explain the emotional appeal of Dundas designs. You feel so feminine when youre wearing his clothes. When youre wearing something from Peter, youre getting an extra boost of confidence.

Others on hand to toast Dundas latest collection were Princess Olympia of Greece, Philip of Greece, Kelly Rutherford, Winnie Harlow, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Rachel Zoe and Patricia Field, who expressed her shock at how quickly each season of fashion comes and goes. It feels like we were just at Bryant Park with fashion week, but what was that2010? she said.

Bergdorf senior vice president Linda Fargo, who cohosted the event with Dundas as well as jewelry designer Eugenie Niarchos, is already feeling the pressures of the fashion month ahead. Its just nonstop. Even right now I have 70 unanswered e-mails that I need to get to.

Pending work notwithstanding, Fargo allowed herself to kick up her heels, spinning around the dance floor alongside Ann Dexter Jones and Devon Windsor in a black Saint Laurent jacket with exaggerated rhinestone shoulders. Theyre almost sold out of everything that we had thats Dundas so I didnt want to take one more piece off the floor, she admitted of her outfit choice. I said, Im sorry guys, Im going to have to wear another designer tonight because I dont want to have to deplete whats left. Hopefully theyll forgive me.

But Fargo didnt need to be wearing the designers clothes in order to properly display her admiration of his latest venture. Its so hard to start your own business and to come out from under the umbrella of a brand and actually go out and try to build it on your own, she continued. Chapeau, chapeau to him. He pulled it off. They didnt go huge. Theyre doing it very carefully, with a lot of glam and the collections have a lot of variety within that one message.

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