Emilio Pucci Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection

You can always trust Peter Dundas to bring the real sexual touch at Emilio Pucci.

For spring Dundas hit the books, the Pucci archives to be specific, and felt himself particularly drawn to the Brigitte Bardot/boheme fevered era of the early 1970s and splattered his gypsy skirts and peasant cropped tops in an archival print, even hand embroidering it on a house signature white maxi dress and a hand crocheted caftan with fringed ends. With gypsies and Bardot in tow, Dundas was honing in on a sexuality that dashes into the fray, or a Grecian surf, whichever works.

There was a real observance to lingerie as well. Black blazers came tailored to highlight plenty decolletage, the laced hem on matching silk shorts almost like the extension of a nightie underneath. Joan Smalls’ blazer came with visible cutout on the hips, suggesting a leotard or a bikini doubling as office-wear. From desk to poolside chaise in no time.

To prove that all’s well that ends well, Dundas closed with a dress that can very well double as the perfect gown for a beach-front wedding. We’ve already seen what a modern-day Pucci wedding gown looks like, as Dundas designed model and muse Anja Rubik’s for her nuptials back in July. The results were stunning. With this latest collection Dundas not only proved once again that he can deliver covet-worthy ready-to-wear, but that he can bring the brand to Calvin Klein heights with lingerie, or can tip the tops of the bridal market alongside Vera Wang. Perhaps the brand will realize its sitting on gold sooner than later. Only time will tell.