Emilio Pucci a/w2011 had us reaching for a bedtime story
Looking deep into the world of fairytales, Dundas explored a designing adventureland, traversing the realms of fiction.
It was a fable, not for the faint hearted; monarchic swirling baroque accents and rich exuberant corsets left the introverts at bay. Guarding aristocratic ruby reds, illustrious beading and sumptuous velvets, was a bohemian essence breathed through an 18th century silhouette. The liberated spirit of Victor Hugo's barefoot gypsy, Esmerelda, danced through a heavy bust-line and victorian bodice detailing.
We also hunted the childhood allegory of Hansel and Gretel, following them deep into a forest of green foliage prints intertwining with dusty woodland browns. Accompanying their heritage, Dundas escorted drindls and decadent, suede lederhosen into the collection but with a mature sensuality.
Amidst the folkloric wonders, were droplets of contemporary culture. An emphasis on sculptural shaping was exposed with rock and roll excess; enunciated cleavage and acute bodycon cinching administered a raw modern sexual fantasy, twisting the fairytale theme and pulling an Emilio Pucci style punch.