Peter Dundas's Emilio Pucci girl is always sexy, but this season, the designer kicked it up a notch. Minidresses and thigh-high boots (not to mention the models' Penelope Tree bangs) felt coquettishly '60s, while lace insets, keyhole cutouts, and sheer panels delivered plenty of peekaboo appeal. But these weren't just clothes meant for dance parties and evening soirees: there were also plenty of everyday pieces, too. Among the best of those were chubby coats in fur and wool, as well as some dynamite capes and printed silk blouses.
The rocker girl has found stylish asylum in Milan, and the Emilio Pucci Fall 2013 collection has supplied her with the latest way to dress with equal parts attitude and sex appeal. From the models' straight-across bangs á la Marianne Faithfull to the knockout thigh-boots, designer Peter Dundas crafted a '70s-inspired lineup rife with the label's signature deco prints, colorful furs, and animal prints. The wilder accents, like tasseled purses, wide waist belts, and ultra-embellished tops, were countered with subtler details, like sweet polka-dot netting and silky bow ties. Babydoll dresses, complete with keyhole cutouts, and leather hot pants provided the daytime glamour, while shimmery gold and sheer black minis were sent out as flashier evening options. As for the front-row fodder? While singer Rita Ora was in attendance — she wore Pucci exclusively on her tour — we can't help but think another singer (ahem, Beyoncé) might be interested in these wares. Click through now for a complete look at the Emilio Pucci Fall '13 collection.
For Resort 2013, Peter Dundas took inspiration from safari dressing and army surplus stores, resulting in a collection with an easy-to-wear undercurrent. While he didn't step away from the caftans and sexy, embellished evening gowns he's known for, there was a new focus on options for day as well. Those included embroidered olive cargo pants paired with a bright sky blue double-breasted blazer and shirtdresses cinched at the waist with wide grosgrain belts. Perhaps this newfound dedication to day-to-night dressing has something to do with the 11 new stores the company plans to open soon: Dundas will cut the ribbon at the first New York flagship in September.
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- Heidi Klum is the star of a music video made for Hunger magazine, in which she sings a song called "Turn Up the Night." [Stylelist]
- Pucci's Peter Dundas spilled his daily routine in a recent interview. Among the tidbits divulged? He generally flies to his office in Florence from his apartment in Paris. "It's an hour-and-a-half flight," he said. "Really, I am in an airplane four or five times a week." [Harper's Bazaar]
- At the launch party for his book Advanced Style — which, like the blog, is dedicated to fashionable older folks such as Iris Apfel and model Mimi Weddell — Ari Seth Cohen screened a trailer for the documentary he's working on featuring the same subjects. "If people don't like what I'm wearing well, I don't give a sh*t," one of the subjects proclaims. [Nowness]
- Georgia May Jagger has been named the face of Madonna's clothing line, Material Girl. Jagger is also currently the face of Hudson Jeans and Rimmel London. [Fashion Etc.]
- Christian Louboutin has released an app for the iPhone and iPad through which users can see the brand's videos, see new products, and even locate the nearest store. [Christian Louboutin]
As large and well documented as her fashion collection is, Anna Dello Russo says she's "not a fan" of vintage clothing. The Vogue Japan editor talked about this distaste in a recent Financial Times Q&A with Emilio Pucci's Peter Dundas.
"I like to consider myself the guardian of fashion. When I moved house 10 years ago, I had 4,000 pairs of shoes. I had to buy a bigger home to store all the clothes because I need closets, not kitchens, and many are now in my house in Bari [in the southern Puglia region]. I'm super tidy so every item is catalogued, stored in garment bags with tissue paper, perfumed, and on hangers that are all the same. But I'm not a vintage fan — I don't like the smell of old clothes."
Dello Russo applies similar standards when it comes to accessories and loungewear. "I'm also not a fan of bags, because anything that is practical isn't handsome; if anything I like clutches. Pajamas and tracksuits are sloppy so I only wear Abercrombie & Fitch tracksuits to go to my yoga class. If you dress comfortably, you don't get the look," she says.
Here's Elizabeth Olsen looking bright as sunshine in a beaded, floral-patterned Pucci. Softly waved hair contrasts beautifully with the square neckline, and no-fuss makeup plays nicely with the intensity of her yellow frock. A black, gold, and cream clutch adds a bookish appeal. Are you digging Elizabeth's style?
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>> The models backstage at yesterday's Milan Fashion Week shows certainly got into character. There was camped-up saluting at Emporio Armani's nautical-themed show, sophisticated posturing at Jil Sander, and super-sexy smoldering at Emilio Pucci. Get a peek at all the antics — plus an up-close look at the beauty and accessories — from all those shows, here in the gallery.
Photos by Greg Kessler
Peter Dundas showed off his signature sexy aesthetic for Pucci's gypsy bohemian Spring collection, highlighting gorgeous printed gowns, sexy midriff tops, and curve-hugging minidresses. For daywear, Dundas highlighted wide-leg trousers and Bermuda shorts paired with printed tops along with sexier options, like a fitted red pencil skirt vamped up with a sheer lace blouse. However, it was the decadent, over-the-top ensembles which stole the show. The sheer organza skirts, made of the brand's archival prints, and handkerchief gowns were gorgeous showstoppers. There were also an abundance of pantie-baring sheer gowns leaving little to the imagination and a beautiful yellow long-sleeved embellished minidress. In Pucci's world, if you got it, flaunt it.
- Trends: Midriff tops, handkerchief hemlines, peasant tops, ruffles, Bermuda shorts, sheer.
- Colors: Black, yellow, pink, red, white.
- Key Look: The handkerchief hem gown, the yellow minidress, and the printed organza skirts.
- Accessories: Sexy strappy stilettos, layered cross necklaces, oversize earrings, textured clutches.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls who aren't afraid to experiment with bold cuts and silhouettes like Zoe Saldana and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Gwyneth Paltrow has never been one to shy away from wearing runway-style outfits on the red carpet, so her crop top Pucci number at the Emmys is par for the course — even if most other stars would never dare to bare at an event like this. Does she make this sexy look work? Vote on all of our Emmys polls here!