Designer Dundas takes the reins for Pucci debut

Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:18pm EST
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

MILAN (Reuters) - Designer Peter Dundas turned to a centuries-old Italian horse race for the theme of his debut collection at the fashion house Emilio Pucci on Saturday.

Dundas, who became artistic director of the house in October, put models in swirly printed mini dresses and oversized silk jackets or tight zipped trousers and fur-lined biker blousons for his autumn/winter 2009/2010 womenswear show.

The line drew on the 1957 "Palio Collection" introduced by the brand's founder Emilio Pucci, who took his inspiration from the historic Palio horse race held in the Tuscan city of Siena since medieval times.

Models strutted into columned salons of a Milan palazzo in over the knee, musketeer-like suede boots and tops with prints reminiscent of the graphics on banners carried by Palio horsemen in the 16th century.

Dundas told Reuters after the show: "The Pucci girl represents joy, energy (and) fun. The key for me was showing that on a girl today."

"I came across images of the Palio and thought they were so fantastic. They made me understand the house a little bit better, but they also look great for me with the collection."

Dundas, who replaced Matthew Williamson after three years at the brand, was previously artistic director at Emanuel Ungaro until 2007 and before that was chief designer at Roberto Cavalli from 2002 to 2005.

He also worked as a designer with Christian Lacroix.   Continued...