|Veruschka in Pucci photographed by Franco Rubartelli|
Fashion is nothing, if not fickle, contradictory, and cyclical (yes, everything comes back, and it’s not always that different from the original, contradictory to what many fashion ‘experts’ say). And judging from the fall 2015 shows thus far, many highly influential designers are taking their cue from decades past. Among other things, there’s been an obvious return to a look that can best be described as luxurious bohemian (circa 1970’s); a wholehearted embrace of the 80’s (a decade the defined the notion of ‘bad’ taste); and it’s been hard to ignore all the 60’s inspired mod designs.
|Christian Dior Couture Spring 2015 Collection|
|Tom Ford Fall 2015 Collection|
Seeds of it began with the Christian Dior spring 2015 Haute Couture show in Paris this past January. As soon as I saw images of Raf Simons’ second skin bodysuits covered in swirly psycadelic prints, the name Pucci immediately came to mind. And who would imagine that Tom Ford would use Pucci-esque brightly hued geometric prints in his fall 2015 collection? (The show was held in Los Angeles just a few days before the Academy Awards). Many of his long lean skirts and trousers were made of plush velvet, often pieced together with patchwork denim.
|Ilincic Roksanda’s Fall 2015 Collection|
The most recent example was in London. Ilincic Roksanda’s fall 2015 runway was highly textural (tweeds, knits, felt, jacquards, fox), and she made effective use of vividly hued, swirly, geometric patterns, often mismatched.
|Pucci Emilio Pucci Resort 2015|
By the way, part of the timeless appeal of the immediately identifiable label, is its inherently up beat, happy, and optimistic nature. Many years ago, I was on the elevator in my building, and an elderly woman got on. She looked at me and asked if I was wearing Pucci and when I said yes, she immediately smiled and with a gleam in her eyes, replied, "We all had so much fun in those clothes". Indeed!
- Marilyn Kirschner