Surf’s up for Resort! For Emilio Pucci’s next spring pre-collection, Creative Director Peter Dundas mines an easy beach vibe, infusing his collection of casual separates with vibrant color and a new, sporty edge. Bold hues -- from raspberry, peach and plum to turquoise and lemon-- take center stage, setting the dial on the season’s upbeat, carefree mood. The clothes possess an easy sophistication. Silhouettes are short and square on tunic dresses and dressed-up boxy shorts, while the new cropped double breasted jacket features dynamic, almost 1980s shoulders.
The printed shirt is given star treatment and is offered with contrast collar and cuff for day and re-embroidered with matching bikini tops for hot nights. Prints appear as freely as the vibrant colors. Whether overprinted with graphic lines or over-dyed, they are insouciant, drawing inspiration from the water colors of Mediterranean mosaic tiling. Patterns swirl in vibrant blues and greens, pomegranate reds, coral and lemon, echoing the airy ease of the collection.
Rubberized neoprene accessories pop out throughout the collection, adding a snap of athletic energy. The waist on long printed skirts or short dresses is emphasized with contrast colored neoprene and leather belts, while the new sandal features a neoprene gladiator in both flat and stiletto versions.
The sporty day feeling pulses throughout the collection, evident on contrasting black panels on dresses, black toggle zippers on jackets and the pops of distressed blue or white denim pieces. Nighttime is given the same easy treatment as shorts and fringy skirts are re-embroidered as jewelry, belted, and paired with cropped T-shirts or poplin shirts for casual summer night outings.