Milan Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: Emilio Pucci

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Pucci-AW14-15-styleonthecouch-7Moving on from the woodland fairy tales by Dolce & Gabbana, we arrive at the ‘Call of the Wild’ at Pucci AW14/15 and designer Peter Dundas stunning collection of Navajo-inspired knits and embellished colourful prints.

The Pucci woman becomes a modern-day Artemis in this huntress-inspired collection, a clear mark of Dundas’ influence on the design house.  Dundas, a Norwegian designer who previously worked at Gaultier and Cavalli, once told The Wall Street Journal “I believe in animal instincts” and “I believe that clothes should spark desire”.

“Tonight’s show, entitled Call of the Wild, had all the signature Pucci elements – mini dresses densely beaded with the house print in gold; matching heels that laced up the side; second-skin leather trousers with the same raunchy leather side stitching; bulging dyed furs and beautiful silky jersey dresses which, particularly on Joan Smalls in a rich brown to perfectly compliment her skin tone, was just as desirable as Pucci can be.” – Vogue.com

As usual, there was a sheer and sexy element within the designs, lest we forget that the Pucci woman oozes body confidence and sex appeal.  It is said that Marilyn Monroe was buried in one of Pucci’s beautiful  creations.   Diamonds may well be a girl’s best friend, but “A Pucci dress…” as observed by The New York Times in 1967, “…is just about worth its weight in gold.”

Images: Dazed Digital; Sonny Vandevelde.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Moss Austin

During my trip to Texas GreedyGrechen contacted me via Twitter to let me know about MOSS designer consignment store, a boutique located on South Lamar, Austin. She told me it was a must visit and so I trekked there for a little exploring…

Sari the boutique owner was incredibly helpful and patient as I lugged about twenty different outfits into the changing rooms with me.  I found amazing deals on clothing from Chanel, Gucci and Matthew Williamson to name just a few examples.  A Gucci trench dress caught my eye but felt a little too big for me (Moss model on the left, me on the right, below):

I was also very impressed with the range and quality of shoes on display.  I found a wonderful pair of chunky Marni heels I think I will wear to the IFB conference next month, a BCBG black dress with cutout shoulders and a cute fitted black jacket all at an absolute steal. I’ll post the designer bargains in outfits posts in the weeks to come.  I am now on a spending ban until my birthday month of November (eek and please keep me in check Blog Reader).

Moss set prices jointly with customers who donate clothes and accessories for sale, at around 25% of the original retail price (current seasons are generally higher however).  Prices are full for the first 30 days, 25% off during the second 30 days, then 50% during the final 30 days, after which owners can collect unsold wares or they are donated.  I almost bought a pair of acne jeans for $40, don’t ask me why not, I probably was too busy starting loving at this Pucci bean clutch:

MOSS have a fabulous blog which lists all their new items.  Shown below: Herve Leger coral bandage skirt; Velvet purple tank top; Etro handbag and YSL espadrilles.

Below: Alaia Dress; Alexander McQueen Booties:

I found so many treasures in this shop I’m addicted to and obsessively checking their new stock.  Do pay Sari a visit if you are in Austin, but call Moss if you spy anything on their blog you would like to purchase.

Do you have a favourite charity shop or consignment store near you, Blog Reader? Where do you hunt for bargains?