Designer Peter Dundas, who joined Pucci from Roberto Cavalli in 2009 and has recently headed back there as creative director, injected an unapologetically sexy slice of rock ’n’ roll into Pucci during his tenure, and his final collection, replete with Led Zeppelin soundtrack, op-art thigh-high boots, backless dresses and sultry velvet trousers, was no exception. A strong astrology motif cropped up everywhere in the autumn-winter collection, from bold printed sweater dresses to delicate embroideries on velvet blazers and floor-sweeping capes. For the finale, Dundas sent out a string of his favourite supermodels in long jersey dresses, each with their own zodiac sign: Lily Donaldson in Aquarius, Anja Rubik in Cancer and Joan Smalls in Leo (top right). The illustrations were bold, sweeping and rendered by hand, just like Emilio Pucci used to do himself. Dundas gave the Pucci legacy an aura of youth and relevance, making the show one of Milan’s hottest tickets. He also dressed and befriended many of the best bodies in show business (Gwyneth, Beyoncé and Rihanna included), and those not walking for him were out in force to support his final act in a fittingly stellar send-off.
Written in the Stars
Peter Dundas leaves Emilio Pucci with a typically hot-blooded, star-studded finale