In recent pop culture, the tribal-hippie look seems to have been overtaken by boring and limited combinations—common patterns like paisley and damask, pastel colors that make tribal look cute instead of fierce, and the hippie style look bland instead of bizarre. There are so many other patterns that can be played around with and so many color combinations that can be used. Emilio Pucci rises above the norm!
I was very surprised to see how there were so many conservative or modest options in many of his pieces, and yet they were far removed from boring. His patterns are like an explosion of ethereal colors forced out of an otherwise empty and dull universe.
The focus of every outfit put together with an Emilio Pucci piece is the work of art found deep in the pattern and color and less on the silhouette of the body wearing the outfit. This may be good news for those who may be insecure about their bodies, but for those who are confident with theirs, the pieces have an interesting effect of drawing more attention to the person wearing it—their personality, their insights, their taste.
Wearing an Emilio Pucci piece invites conversation and wonder.
Below, you can check out some of my favorite patterns from his Fall 2012 collection and Emilio Pucci’s fun yet wacky designs for Braniff International Airways’ stewardess uniforms. You can also invest in some of Emilio Pucci pieces at Harrods—out of this world kaleidoscope patterns that will leave your mind drifting into another dimension!
Emilio Pucci’s uniform designs for Braniff International Airway’s stewardesses/hostesses:
Emilio Pucci was determined to bring “The End of the Plain Plane” to Braniff International Airways’ stewardess uniforms which were worn from 1965-1977. They were separate components that were to be added or removed, depending on the weather conditions. One of the more conspicuous innovations was a bubble helmet to protect the hostesses’ perfect 60s hairdo! I personally think it looks awesome and so sci-fi, a la Logan’s Run. His uniforms got so popular that even Barbie had some Pucci uniforms. See below for some photos.
It’s the thrill of finding something completely unique that you can no longer find in stores
It’s the fantasy of living in another time and wearing a piece of history on your sleeves
It’s the assurance that vintage doesn’t just mean the style
It’s owning something that is worthy of a conversation
It’s being part of a community who loves, understands, and treasures creativity and history
It’s a great feeling to support and recognize worthy artisans
It’s the satisfaction of owning something quality made and lasts a lifetime
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Some of us don’t wait for Halloween to wear “costumes.” For us, wearing elaborate or theme-inspired clothing is a daily matter. You call it costumes, we call it a way of living! Last year, I wrote about escaping from “Sartorial Stereotypes” for Halloween with just a quick list of ideas. So, for most people who are just looking for cool and obscure references for their Halloween costumes, how about you take a hint from the lovely Lene Lovich?
Lene Lovich (born Lili-Marlene Premilovich) is an American singer-songwriter New Wave artist from the late 70s-early 80s (my favorite period!). Her most famous hit was “Lucky Number.” This lady, although born in Detroit came from an English mother and an Yugoslavian father. She also went back to her mother’s country for an extensive period to study art. In fact, her iconic hairstyle with scarves came from how she covered her hair to keep it away while sculpting!
Looking at her clothing and hair in plaits, you can’t help but think of traditional Yugoslavian attire, most likely influenced by her father’s side. Below are a couple of photos of the country’s costume for women:
It’s hurricane season right now, and here I am posting some overly due photos from bright and sunny yesterdays! I got this 40s style dress with a “princess cut” from eShakti whom I discovered had a personalized tailoring service. Not only can you provide your measurements, but you can also customize the length of the dress, the sleeves, the pockets, and the neckline for a lot of their dresses. Nifty. It’s a bit pricey, but it looks to be fairly priced considering the personalization. This is a fantastic resource for retro-loving wedding planners seeking to get customized bridesmaid dresses.
Oh yes, it’s hurricane AND wedding season this time of year too! The news has been a downer about inclement weather calamities lately, but then again, when has it not been? I pray for everyone’s safety.
What I like most about this dress is the stripes on the top part that subtly go in different directions. I just got another blouse that did the same thing. It’s like the lines are rebelling against the usual order of things.
I wore this dress out on a regular Sunday morning with a casual pair of wedge loafers, which you can get for a really good deal (or other things) with some debenhams offer codes online. I force myself to look up coupon codes literally every time I shop online. I don’t cut out physical coupons, because I think that’s a waste of time. However, I totally have no excuse to not do a quick search on coupons for websites where I shop. It’s a money-saving compulsion. It only becomes a problem if I waste more than a couple of minutes for coupon codes! Coupons shouldn’t be a vice.