For what is rumored to be his final Pucci show, Peter Dundas decided to reach for the stars – literally. And if we didn’t believe the rumors a few hours before the show, the emotion in his eyes as we toasted his collection backstage was enough to immediately change our minds. “I’m a Sagittarius through and through,” he explained after his zodiac-inspired show. The astrological theme was carried forth by sparkling heavenly bodies placed on clothes with 1970s tailoring and silhouettes, which incidentally happens to be the decade when astrology gained popularity in the Western world. The whole presentation was romantic and hip, but the beauty of the collection was bittersweet to swallow when faced with Dundas’ departure. His role in elevating the brand has been vital to its growth, and never has the designer’s stamp been more vibrant or desirable.
From the first to the last look, each one dazzled and stood out, starting with a selection of jaw-dropping, fully sequined, monochrome optic prints on mini dresses paired with thigh-high boots. Seventies gypset style was the backbone to the zodiac-splashed presentation, and was supported by swinging maxi skirts, fringed capes, crushed-velvet wide-leg trousers, tie-front sheer blouses, and a few column gowns. When they weren’t printed with outright references to the star signs, like giant scorpion or ram hand-drawn illustrations on red, white, and black sweatshirts, the intense beadwork and embroidery on the garments were reminiscent of a starry sky. At the height of the show, Dundas gave in to a complete celestial celebration, alternating between zodiac signs and starscapes on column gowns, sweatshirts, and floor-sweeping capes.
Ancient civilizations looked to the stars for guidance and meaning, and, as Dundas took his final bow at the house of Pucci with his atelier, praising the team that aided in accomplishing this amazing collection, we could only wonder where the stars would take him next.
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