Yesterday evening Peter Dundas presented his final collection for Emilio Pucci at the Milan Fashion Week, a truth that began as rumour and has not turned all but irrefutable. It is said that for his final shebang Dundas looked to the stars for guidance and inspiration and muses he did find up there, amidst the shining orbs and forever mysterious Milky Way. The reasons as to why Dundas might be leaving, and perhaps going back to his familial Roberto Cavalli are largely unknown, but there is many a speculation. All that is part of the politics of it all though and we are infinitely more interested in the sexy, alluring, rock ‘n roll mixed with unapologetically sensual designs we see in the Emilio Pucci fall/winter 2015-2016 collection than the reasons why one might be moved to make such a decision. Dundas will surely be missed though as he has truly brought a whole new vision to the Emilio Pucci brand, that Florentine fashion house founded by the Marchese di Barsento in 1947 and whose legacy has lived in with such incredible gusto, focusing on the company’s love for geometric prints and a kaleidoscope of colors. Once again we were not disappointed on this front as we were served true fashion on a silver platter and enjoyed each morsel as the impeccable delicacy it is.
This show was called the zodiac collection and so fittingly so. There was such a positive vibe around the whole thing and such a strong attitude, speaking of a woman who knows her own power in her sensuality and her prowess in her career in unparalleled. The zodiac symbols appeared on slinky beaded evening gowns, as well as with the prints that Dundas so loves to include in his Pucci collections. At the very beginning, in the Emilio Pucci fall/winter 2015-2016 collection preview, Dundas stated that this was a very personal assortment of fashion pieces for him, from the ribbed knits in reference to his rowing league in Florence to the fluttering black and white garments that were said to be a loving tribute to his mother. As for the astrology, that seems to be the most personal anyone can get, as it is a major way to define one’s personality. It was nice to see some of the models walking out in long jersey t-shit dresses, each with their personal zodiac signs rendered by hand as Emilio Pucci himself used to do.
It is quite hard not to fall in love with the Emilio Pucci brand under the creative guidance of Peter Dundas and we wonder where the brand’s inspirations will come from next. For now, we are enjoying the seamless integration of the year’s and seasons’ biggest trends within the Emilio Pucci fall 2015 collection so beautifully presented, including the plunging V neck keyhole neckline and the high turtleneck designs, the black and white combinations as well as the plaid, the translucent tops with nothing worn underneath to cover the chest, the cropped and banded features and the thigh high slits along the side, the loose trousers and the high waist, the oversized sweater dresses and fluttery, gauzy fabrics. As always, this was one of the prettiest collections on the runway and we’ve been left mesmerized in its wake. Plus, Ombre with black and blues looks ravishing, while the velvet is without a doubt a fabric of choice for us.
Photos courtesy of Style.com