“I think they look great.” Peter Dundas, Emilio Pucci’s artistic director, is commenting on a new collection of Bisazza mosaics inspired by a few of the late Florentine designer’s patterns, which were on display Thursday night at Bisazza’s Miami Design District boutique. One was based on Pucci’s “Ondre” scarf. Another was taken from a more recent geometric floral pattern -- a bright, bold gesture. Guests sipped champagne and took in the large-scale mosaics. We were even encouraged to touch.
Besides the mosaics — a testament to the transcendence of the Pucci print — it was a pleasure thumbing through Taschen’s tomes on the brand, which were placed around the showroom. Or checking out the nifty mannequins, donning brightly embellished Pucci sheaths. This being Miami, the women in attendance naturally sported eye-popping colors and showed off skin.
“My kind of girls,” said Dundas, a Norwegian who’s famous for the va-va-voom he brings to the storied brand, even with his monochromatic pieces or styles that forgo prints. (Check out the 2015 resort collection.) “I was surprised by the number of black and white pieces Pucci did,” he said. “He did a whole collection of only black and white.”
Dundas said that he enjoys working for a brand with a rich history, a house where the archives are vast. For him, it was a natural fit. “You have something to build on and you have people’s attentions — and you can play.”
He said he’s also been toying with the idea of urbanity for the upcoming fall 2015 collection. “I was a bit of a hippie last summer so now I’m slowly venturing back into the city, solidifying my ideas for the next show.”