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
Model Susan Murray, circa 1966
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
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.
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
For all Vivienne Westwood fans out there, here’s a great opportunity to have your home in iconic Westwood-style. The great British designer has cooperated with the company Cole & Sons to create a collection of wallpaper, with prints from her previous fashion collections. The fabulous result:
The Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son wallpapers are all based on signature designs from her fashion collections such as the iconic ‘Squiggle’ print from the Autumn-Winter 1981/1982 ‘Pirate collection’ and the more recent ‘Cut-Out Lace’ from the Spring-Summer 2007 ‘I am Expensiv’ collection.
Some examples of the prints:
‘Absence of Rose’: a print that first appeared in a recent collection of Westwood’s knitwear
‘Squiggle’: taken from Westwood’s A/W 82 Pirate collection
‘Magnolia’: inspired by a paper cut-out design, executed in a very small scale, then used as a print on silk and wool in subsequent fashion collections
‘Cut-out Lace’: from the Spring/Summer 2007 ‘I am Expensiv’ collection
‘Paper jewellery’: inspired by the jewellery from Westwood’s Autumn/Winter 2001 collection, made entirely from paper, based on technical drawings of royal jewellery
Available from Liberty, John Lewis and Heal’s.