Wednesday, June 27, 2007

My Own Vintage Clothing Fashion Magazine...June,.Emilio Pucci


I knew there would come a month that I was moved to pull out one of my favorite vintage collections of one of my favorite designers.My collection of vintage Emilio Pucci is probably quite valuable,and maybe even somewhat impressive.From time to time I pull it out and wear it,but I am always conflicted about how I look in it.Which moves me to ask the question.
EMILIO PUCCI ,DO YOU WEAR IT, OR DOES IT WEAR YOU?
I tend to be (and have always been)rather fearless in my wardrobe choices.I recieved my first 2 pieces of Emilio Pucci when I was in High School,from one of my best male buds mom. My knowledge of designers was already geekily encyclopedic. So it seemed logical to my benefactor to pass these treasures down to me.When you are very young you simply don't care if someone notices the dress more than you. In fact ,thats what you hope for.
I think we all know these looks were meant to be viewed in an editorial setting,but ofcourse if I could have googled this image back then,I would have probably tried to emulate it.
In the late 40's Pucci began designing skiwear. He himself had been a member of the Italian Olympic Ski Team,so he knew his stream lined ,and bright graphic leggings would work very well for that sport.As his designs evolved from resort wear to his own house of couture,he was even ask to design flight attendant uniforms for Braniff Airlines,they were ofcourse the perfect compliment to the modern jetset!
The classic "Bubble Helmet",was used by the then called stewardesses,to walk from the aircraft to the terminal. Their bouffant hairdo would be safe from the rain and the powerful wind from the jet engine.

This is the first of the 2 dresses that were gifted to me. It is from the early 70's I believe,and its color scheme goes quite well with my own coloring. I am using a simple chain link metal belt to cinch it,and like architecture,this works by echoeing the circles in the print. I wore this dress quite often during the 2nd trimester of both my pregnancies(unbelted ofcourse),and I must say its bold graphics cheered me immensely.
Juicy pulp fiction novelist ,Jacqueline Susann certainly wore her Pucci well,but there is just something about the shape of her hair, the arch of her brow,and the dramatic line of her eye-liner that almost makes her part of the print.
This is the dress that re-ignited my pondering of whether or whether not Mr Pucci's designs wear you.
I recognized this iconic dress immediately on Cat Deeley.Her casual hair and superfluous jewelry make this knockout beauty recede into the background. All I notice is the dress,worn poorly by dear Cat.
This is truly how this dress should be worn,although I believe had Ms, Deely worn her hair slicked into a chignon with dramatic makeup and more appropriate earbobs,she would have certainly made my best-dressed list. Linda Evangelista needs never to worry about the clothes wearing her,shown here in an early 90's incarnation.
I believe Ms Deeley(obviously a Pucci fan) is wearing her dress much more succesfully here.Notice the bold lipstick and how the soft wave of her hair mimics the movement in her dress almost exactly.
This is from the Fall 07 line,it is an archival print that matches...
...the 2nd of my wonderful High School presents. Do you see how the wave of my hair competes with the geometry of the print. I usually slick my hair into a low ponytail ,while wearing Pucci,but,as you can tell from my expression, I must have been in a mood.
This long velvet "maxi" skirt zips up the front to reveal some leg.
This time I accesorised with the same silver link belt as a neclace,and a simple ribbed tank.
This beautiful silk blouse is usually worn 'neath my overalls,but I wanted you to see the whole print(you may click to enlarge any image).
Can you imagine my gasp,when I found this purse for 5 dollars at the thrift!I try to carry it when I wear the shirt.
One of my scarves. I think this might be my oldest piece. Perhaps hearkening back to his ski design days.
Do you see the tiny ski lifts?
Three cotton hankie size scarves suitable for framing.
This piece is a most unusual shape. I picked it up for 25 cents at an estate sale 2 doors down from my own house. I folded it into a halter design and put a Kowalski shirt underneath.
Emilio Pucci did a lingerie line for the Formfit Rogers company. Every blue moon I find one at the thrift,like this slip! It is very sheer.I love to work with sheer!
I have layered it with 2 see-thru vintage pieces,pearls,and skinny jeans,which I generally use more as leggings than jeans.
Maybe just the cami. Now this look could work with the waves in my hair.
Another Formfit Rogers nightgown,worn as a dress by me,here with leopard pumps.In the end it is the wearer that must "own" her look. You must always have the confidence to say it looks good because I say it does!

35 comments:

Elizabeth said...

what can I say but YUMMY!!!!!!!!!

love it and you are SO brilliant with your commentary -

amazing jdp and did I say gorgeous?

downsizing my RED - maybe you would like some?

xox - eb.

Peta said...

That Pucci must be worth a mint, a nice nest egg for you!

Miz Smoochie Lips said...

You are so sexy-fabulous!

miss vintage love said...

Lookin hot Miss Pagoda!

Sarah and Jack said...

Wow! What a pucci collection you have there.

I really like the little purse. What a lucky find!

sweetheartville said...

Ow ow! You've done it again you little fashion plate, you! With such an eye for fashion, I can't imagine any outfit you put together wearing you. We've had so much rain here, I could really use one of those bubble helmets. Have any of those in your closet?

Vanessa V said...

I tired and tried, but could not post last night. You are the lovliest lady ever! Love your love for fashion and designers and all that fun stuff!!!

Yes, I'd say you are sexy-fabulous!!! xoxoxo

ps: Love CH's new room!!!

fashionistakay said...

the bubble helmet pic brought a smile 2 my face.

alexgirl said...

Another fabulous post, Jungle Dreams Pagoda! Pucci has always been a favorite, though I think i'd be too self-conscious to wear it in public! But you know how to ROCK IT!!
And congrats on coming up to 14 years with your hubs. That is so cool. Very inspiring.
ps-i'm having a contest to give away a free copy of my book. Hope you'll check it out!

mosaic queen said...

Miss Pagoda,
You truly are a movie star!!!
May I have your autograph??

stilettoheights said...

The "maxi" skirt made me squeal...beautiful.

I am too short and too curvy to wear pucci....I end up looking like a cartoon from the 1960's

(seriously big boobs and pucci do not mix)

but I love the colors and the prints I always have.

xoxoxoxoxo

CountryGirl_CityLife said...

I vote this best post ever!!!! I love Pucci and am so jealous that you have such an extensive collection. You look fab in all of it, you were born to wear Pucci. I need a mini dress badly, with my falsies and cropped do, I think I could wear a Pucci Print. Much love for you and your Pucci!

Heidi said...

Oh Wow Lisa-Gabrielle, what a cool post! I love the pieces from your collection. I love this magazine. :)

Stephanie said...

Such a fashionista...such a wealth of fashion history....I LOVE it!

Pucci!!! fab look back through time!

I need your help!! I have a long slip, pink, with a little pink netting and flower detail at the hem. I found it at my grama's house. I LOVE it, but it is so shear I don't know how to wear it???

any suggestions???

Stephanie said...

p.s. The bubble helmet!!!!

Timothy Hogan said...

In general, I would have to opine that Emilio Pucci wears most of the women who don him (it?). However, my startling fire-red beauty, I believe in your case it is a draw.

You shoulda been a fashion writer. Add that to Actor, Wife, Mother, Decorator, Music Maven, Goddess of Cool.

Kisses!

cruststation said...

You are one fantastic fashion guru, and your vintage clothing collection is to die for! I love the b&w shot of the stewardess in the "Bubble Helmet".

Vallen said...

If ever a wearer owned a look, it is you. Awesome.

Rebecca said...

As always, I love your fashion mag posts! Pucci stuff is so fun, you wear them well! Oh and I LOVE that ornage purse in your first ensemble shot. Is it sparkly?? Oh girl, we'd have to arm wrestle for that one. :)

Petula Darling said...

While I was familiar with the name, I didn't actually know anything about Emilio Pucci.
Your post is both lovely and learned.

Angelina said...

Yeah, I'm sure your collection must be worth quite a lot. Try as I might,I just don't enjoy Pucci. It may be one of those things, though that you have to be surprised by.

I think you wear your Pucci well.

AnastasiaC said...

FAB FAB FAB style...love your funky choices...you wear clothes with gutso and panache!!
Style it Mumma!!

I think Pucci pieces are timeless!! great colour combos!!
isnt his grand-daughter head of design now?

woof nanny said...

What an interesting post! And so true about the triangular bodice dress Cat is wearing on the show. So right about how she looks so much more pulled together in the other pic. And you look fab as always.

the lipstick lady said...

that bubble helmet is such a cool idea

Amanda Button said...

I don't know why this is making me think of Weetzie Bat so much...but this post is making me want to read 'em all over again! :)

You look amazing...not just anyone can pull of the Pucci, as you know, of course, you wonderful fashionisa, you!

kimberly sherrod said...

E AWESOME!!!!!! But try the Lily Cole hairdo- like you just got zapped by 100,000 volts of pure electricity! I love this post- you have a righteous wardrobe, sistah!

kimberly sherrod said...

It cut off the first part- in which I was screaming: YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!!

Karen Beth said...

I am quite, quite jealous of your impressive Pucci collection. I especially love that little purse. How adorable!

Great post... my favorite yet!

ambika said...

You? You are wearing the Pucci. It is *not* wearing you.

(And that, my friends, is the kind of comment that were my boyfriend to overhear it, would make him laugh for about five days.)

Anonymous said...

I'm selling my only 2 Italian Label silk Pucci shirts on Ebay, and I am so upset about parting with them. Sure you can understand-my husband certainly doesn't. But it's for a good cause: a flight to visit a terminal brain cancer patient in the hospital -my Dad.

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