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Print, prints, prints: Pucci

Some simple mathematics: summer + prints = Pucci!  The founder of the label, Emilio Pucci, started the brand in the forties, but the label became worldwide know in the sixties through famous customers like Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. Characteristic of the label are the Pucci prints: loud, abstract graphic prints in the most vibrant, vivid colours. Groovy! The prints were used on lightweight (unlined) silk dresses and scarves, so the clothes became very popular for travelling and pool side parties. Emilio Pucci died in 1992, but the brand continued with new designers like Christian Lacroix and Matthew Williamson.

If you are as intrigued by Pucci as I am, this August Taschen will release a book about the designer, with hundreds of photographs, drawings, and candid shots from the archive of the Emilio Pucci Foundation. There are two editions: a ‘regular’ one and a limited one of 500 books. The limited edition is bound in an original vintage Pucci fabric and is accompanied by four art prints of original drawings from the designer. I want!

Colourfull cover art of the new must-have Taschen Pucci-book

Book image

Model Susan Murray, circa 1966

M wearing her Pucci dress.

Marilyn Monroe wearing a Pucci print dress. Some bizarre info: she was even buried wearing a green Pucci dress.

Mr. Pucci himself

Veruschka modelling or Pucci, 1964

 Models in ‘Pucci’s hometown Florence, on the rooftop of Palazzo Pucci. The dome of the Cathedral of Florence is in the background, 1966.

Book images from taschen.com

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French Hippie Chic by Jean Bouquin

My current obsession is French fashion designer Jean Bouquin.  He’s not a very well know designer, I’ve  recently found out he dressed Brigitte Bardot in the late ’60’s and early 70’s and I’ve been craving info about him, but there’s almost none!

He started as a fashion designer in St. Tropez at the end of the 1960’s. After his success in St. Tropez, he opened a second shop in Paris called Mayfair. His designs can be described as “hippie chic”. His vision was a natural woman, draped with beads, who lives an ironically privileged hippie life wearing luxurious clothing: printed  velvet minidress,  ruffle maxi dresses, beaded transparent tunics and the use of etnic influences. A style adored by another St. Tropez resident: the legendary Brigitte Bardot:

Promoting his clothes in a French Magazine:

He also was a costume designer for movies, like the movie “Les Idoles”(1968), about the rise and fall of three pop stars (someone please release this movie as a dvd!):

Another movie image from the Italian horror movie “Il delitto del diavolo” (1970), aka “Queens of Evil”:

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The Like in Zac Posen for Target Video

Remember this post about the Zac Posen collection for Target? It seems the collection gets promoted by the band The Like. I loved the way Alexander McQueen involved the looks of Leila Moss of the Duke Spirit is his Target collection, and it seems Zac Posen does the same with the ladies from The Like. The promo video, directed by Gia Coppola (yes, family of), shows The Like in  their hotel room getting ready for a show, then later performing onstage.  Check out the sixties vibe of the video: 

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Celia Birtwell for John Lewis

After collections for Topshop and Express, Celia Birtwell is back with her legendary prints, this time for John Lewis. Celia is mostly know for her prints she designed  for Ossie Clark in the sixties and seventies, and I love it that her prints are now accessable to a wider audience. Ofcourse nothing beats a divine vintage Ossie/Celia Dress, but if you don’t have the budget for that, this could be some sort of an alternative.

Pictures!

Celia Birtwell for John Lewis Romanian Dancer Silk Blouse, Blue £65

Celia Birtwell for John Lewis Romanian Dancer Gathered Silk Dress, Ink £125

Celia Birtwell for John Lewis Pussybow Silk Dress, Cherry Spot £99

Celia Birtwell for John Lewis Gathered Silk Blouse, Cream £65

Celia Birtwell Romanian Dancer & Romanian Spot Tiered Silk Dress, Ink £150

Celia Birtwell for John Lewis Cherry Spot Tiered Silk Dress, Blue £150

Celia Birtwell for John Lewis Cherry Spot Smock Blouse, Ink £65

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Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry

Oh dear, the “celeb turn designer”-trend isn’t ending…….recently it was announced that Madonna is launching a juniors’ clothing line for US brand Macy’s, and Debbie Harry is doing a line of sneakers for Converse. And now Amy Winehouse is collaborating with Fred Perry. Not a bad idea, since Amy rarely wears anything different, and after seeing the sketches, it looks like a match made in heaven.

There wil be a collection of 17 pieces, including a girlish twinset; slim, thigh-skimming pencil skirts; capri pants, a mini bowling dress, and Fred Perry’s signature polo shirts. The prices are  between about $32 and $150. The collaboration will continue over four seasons and it will be sold in Fred Perry Authentic boutiques as well as through select wholesalers globally.

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The Eyes of Mars

Dior is promoting their Lady Dior bags by making four promotional mini movies. The first movie “Lady Noir” was released last year, and the second movie “Lady Rouge” is out now. Personally, I think the movies are not that interesting, but “Lady Rouge” made me jump up and down with joy. The music for the promo film is made by the masters of catchy pop tunes: Franz Ferdinand.  The song is amazing, although it’s completely out of place in this commercial. I mean, the designer bag buying ladies don’t give a f….k about Franz Ferdinand, and it seems such a waste to use a brilliant song in a mediocre commercial.  

The lead vocals of the song  “The Eyes of Mars” are by french Actress Marion Cotillard. She’s not only doing the movies, but is also starring in the printed Lady Dior advertisment campaign.

The movie was shot in New York in 2009, directed by Jonas Akerlund. The next part of  the Lady Dior series will be filmed in Shanghai by David Lynch (!).

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L.A.M.B. Fall 2010

Yesterday was the showing of L.A.M.B.’s Fall 2010 collection. The difficulty with L.A.M.B. is that their collection can be fantastic, or a complete bummer. Although Gwen Stefani is the “face” of the brand, since L.A.M.B.’s head desiners Zaldy and Andrea Lieberman left, the label became very mediocre. Since then it seems L.A.M.B.  has lost it’s original fifties-ska-punkrock roots. So what about this new collection…..

L.A.M.B. Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

L.A.M.B. Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

L.A.M.B. Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

L.A.M.B. Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

L.A.M.B. Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
 
L.A.M.B. Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
 
L.A.M.B. Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
 
L.A.M.B. Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
 
L.A.M.B. Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
 
L.A.M.B. Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
 
L.A.M.B. Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
 
 L.A.M.B. Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
 
 

This season was a mature mixture of Gwen’s trademarks:  “vintage, boudoir, military, fifties, sexy, and futuristic.” I personally love all the leather items, I want the greenish leather pants, the leather shorts (hello again!) and the jackets with the pointy shoulders.

Watch Gwen talking about this new collection:

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