By  on December 13, 2005

PARIS — It looks like Emanuel Ungaro is zeroing in on its newest designer.

According to a Milan source, Peter Dundas, currently a member of the design team at Roberto Cavalli, is in talks to join the Paris-based house, which San Francisco entrepreneur Asim Abdullah bought last month from Gruppo Ferragamo.

Dundas, a Norwegian whose résumé includes stints at Christian Lacroix and Jean Paul Gaultier in Paris, is said to have helped rev up the Cavalli brand in recent years with his detailed and glamorous designs.

Reached by WWD, Dundas declined all comment. Ungaro officials could not be reached for comment on Monday.

It is understood Dundas will succeed Vincent Darre, who has had an uneven stint at a house known for opulent femininity, florals and polkadot prints and the color fuchsia.

Dundas would be the third Ungaro designer recruited from an Italian brand. He came from Moschino, and his predecessor, Giambattista Valli, had worked at Roberto Capucci, Fendi and Krizia.

While new to the fashion business, Abdullah has said he plans to invest in Ungaro and leverage its rich history and brand awareness — perhaps even return to the couture runway. Ungaro, who founded the couture house in 1965, left high fashion behind last year.

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