There can only be one king of prints – and that’s florentinian designer Emilio Pucci.
Emilio Pucci was an Airforce 1 pilot under World War 2; which surprisingly started out making skiwear for a college team. Then he was approached by Harpers Bazaar in the late 40’s, to design for an european skiwear story. Receiving raging reviews from the US and tons of offers to manufacture didn’t sway him – so he set up his own house. Key pieces are swimwear, silk scarfes, silk dresses and shirts – with the amazing prints. He later created one of my favourite concepts – The Braniff Airlines uniform (the bubble helmet).
Vintage Pucci is usually very expensive, so I tend to look for other brands from the same era – who probably copied him a bit. One of those is Aremis who stopped production in the 70’s. One day I hope I’ll stumble across some pieces – a 70’s style silk shirt with a large collar and an insane print would be very welcome in my wardrobe. Currently I’m also obsessing about the vintage Pucci handbags.
In two weeks time I’ll post another favourite vintage designer – see you then!