As the artistic director of the brand, Camille Miceli honors Pucci’s heritage while giving it an entirely refreshing look.
May 11, 2023: The return of Pucci to the runway was a big event, calling for an even bigger setting. And Florence, the city which gave birth to Emilio Pucci, was fittingly the right place to stage the show. Pucci’s recently appointed artistic director, Camille Miceli, had the guests sit in awe of the jaw dropping collection and the stunning setting for her first show.
The show was staged at an outdoor location on the banks of Arno river, with the sun setting slowly to reveal a moon on a clear night, as the looks were unveiled. The bright moon actually served as an inspiration for the collection. Influenced by the logo Emilio Pucci designed for the Apollo 15 NASA mission in 1971, the collection explores air and space. Shimmering fabrics and white iridescent materials were used into a series of round-shaped and balloon silhouettes.
Following the inspiration, the show was opened with a flowing caftan look in the Pucci pesce (fish) motif, followed by all-white looks, fitted jeans, mini dresses and crop tops embellished with colorless flowers. Pucci’s prints and motifs appear in colorful celebrations that reflect the rich Tuscan palette. The signature Marmo print appears as all-over denim, which has been laser-treated and washed with reused water as a sustainable process.
Titled ‘Initials E.P.’, the lineup also features accessories such as the Daily bucket bag and the Puccinella in straw. Shoes include platform sandals and pointy heels embellished with little fishes. With elements focusing on different objects of the space, the entire collection is a dazzling representation of the brand’s creative grandeur. And again, it's the same boundary defying innovation and audacious use of colors and motifs by the brand that stands out in this collection.
There is a lightness in the air and atmosphere as vibrant ensembles stream on to the walkway. The end sees a dazzling balloon silhouette followed by eight catsuits in Pucci prints, layered with gold body jewelry and a T-shirt assembled from chains to close the show.
- By Pritha Debroy