Emilio Pucci Fall 2011

Credit: Vogue.com

Peter Dundas has spun the fairytale for Fall 2011.  This collection is a sensual feast of Victorian lace, silk brocade, and deep velvet.  I love the use of corset lines in the bodices throughout the collection; the shaping is gorgeous and utterly sexy.  I think that Dundas has further developed his vision, moving it beyond ultra sexy evening gowns and highly laced swimwear.  Moreover, he is pushing Pucci to evolve from its history of outrageously bright prints and sexy revealing dresses.  These looks still pay homage to that heritage with plunging necklines and enticing cutouts, but the design work is more sophisticated than before.  For one, he presents a very well thought out knee-length skirt, resisting the urge to make it overly provocative.  And I like how Dundas has expanded to trousers and high shouldered jackets, presenting an almost Victorian menswear aesthetic.

And I absolutely love the beauty and hair.  I think I almost paid more attention to that than the clothes.  I find the messy flyways and winged eyeliner on the bottom lashline an effortlessly lovely contrast to the high-watted glamour of the clothes.  It’s easy and just the right amount of undone.

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