Gothic Gypsy Fashion Trend Emilio Pucci Milan

Spring 2012 Runway Show Milan, Italy

Imagine my delight when I saw the amazing designs from fashion week.

So I never thought I would absolutely love this next designer by the name of Emilio Pucci of Milan Fashion Week, his work is just spectacular and the geometrical prints and kaleidoscope fabric designs are like walking pieces of art.

I would describe his dresses, skirts, scarves and accessories as live art paintings. '

Simply magic and I had to showcase his runway show and share his expressive pieces.

Up until recently one of my favorite designers is Betsy Johnson because she is not afraid to bring out bright, fun and whimsical outfits to the runway.

Many celebrities have worn her fashion and during the New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 collection she showcased bold party girl outfits that reminds me of the playfulness and fun of my childhood.

In contrast, Emilio Pucci's designs are 1950s and 1960s retro for the modern woman who wants to add some sophistication to her wardrobe and that is exactly what you get from his bohemian boho chic vintage gypsy dresses.

Bold prints from spring collection
Bold prints from spring collection | Source

50's and 60's Retro Inspired Fashion

Pucci is not the only designer to showcase this 50's inspired design and dresses. All of them have a reminiscent characteristic. Long flowing fabrics with subtle to bold print designs. The dresses and skirts have a vintage feel with a modern flair.

My favorite are the dresses that are knee length in the front and then hang low to the ground in the back, giving this impression of the outfit floating against the wind as you walk. Some of these same designs can be found at online at auction shops that feature hippie couture.

The price ranges vary depending on the brand and the designer. I would bet you can find similar looks on eBay or your favorite second hand thrift shop.

Vintage clothing of the 1960s woodstock era is making a comeback and it is a big one. Fashion runways in Milan, Italy have tall thin models wearing versions of the bohemian style dresses known as Boho Chic.

Celebrity actresses of the 1960s are the ones who set the trend that we see today from Audrey Hepburn to Twiggy and Peggy Moffitt.

Gothic Inspired Fashion

Dark Gothic fashion has been around mostly in the underworld of cult followers. Now celebrities and designers has made it mainstream and trendy.

The most noticeable characteristic is the black on black on black. The variations include adding lace or sheer black fabric as well as corsets.

You may remember the underground Japanese Gothic Lolita dresses that were made of cotton, lace, fringe and trimming. Very detailed outfits with long sleeves, Victorian style Chiffon.

Emilio Pucci's version seems to combine a more feminine look to the dark black fabric, showing off the arms and plunging necklines.

The interesting concept seems to include an evening wear type of style with shorter length skirts that are sheer with a noticeable underwear or crochet bodice top.

Looking through the collection my favorite part was the way the outfits were separates and could be easily interchangeable between the skirts, dresses, tops and blazers.

If you chose to wear all black to make the outfit standout more or to put your signature on the outfit you will want to add accessories, such as a necklace, bracelets or belt.

Long Hippie Skirts

The color white is one of those things that you see mostly at weddings, or special events. The 2012 Spring Collection shows the hippie chic in light fresh white lace and bodice type tops and dresses.

Having the design expand to the long hippie type skirts is what makes the clothes look so beautiful, light and airy for spring.

Feeling comfortable is key and if the 60's inspired bohemian look is your thing you can compliment any look with the right pair of shoes that are not too high, it would be best to avoid stilettos, wedges would work better.

Accessorizing white is a little different than when your dealing with all black, simply because you can wear a hat, blazer or bold belt to add drama.

Plus if you choose to wear jewelry, pick a black necklace or bracelet because it will show up much better against the stark fabric.

Gypsy Inspired Fashion

The interesting thing about gypsy clothing is that it allows for many variations on the renaissance theme.

Your unique style can include a bodice, corset, peasant blouses, chemise, long skirts and apparel with mod halter.

Versatility allows you to wear these Boho Gypsy clothes anywhere. From casual to formal the look is flattering on all body shapes.

Quite the change from body hugging leggings, shorts and pants, kind of makes me think of the days of the horse and buggy where women wore long dresses. Its nice to see that fashion come back today.

Even celebrities are wearing maxi dresses and psychedelic prints with long beads or tunics. The natural materials such as linen, gauzy cotton, wood stones and leather make it a popular fashion statement for men and women.

Each piece can be layered on to the next, from blouses, vintage jewelry and floppy hats. If you look back at Carly Simon's style from the 1970s you can see her in Boho Chic jewelry and boots.

Hisory of Emilio Pucci Fashion Designs

Marquis of Barsento lived from 1914 to 1992 and was a Florentine Italian fashion designer and politician. He was a sportsman, with swimming, skiing, fencing playing tennis and racing cars, later he received a Masters Degree in social science and a doctorate in political science from the University of Florence.

He joined the Italian Air Force, and served as a bomber pilot during World War II, before he left to pursue his career as luxury fashion designer.

Basically he started with designing skiwear then set up a haute couture house in the fashionable resort of Canzone del Mare on the Isle of Capri.

He is known for his use of stretch fabrics and brightly coloured, boldly patterned silk scarves which has translated to blouses and wrinkle-free printed silk dresses that is why you will see the fashion house showcasing ready-to-wear clothes and accessories for women.

You can also choose from a variety of scarves, shoes, eye wear, handbags, dresses, perfume and boots. Pucci's designs have been worn by Sophia Loren, Jackie Kennedy and Madonna.

It has been reported that after Emilio's death in 1992 his daughter, Laudomia Pucci, continued to design under the Pucci name.

Also The French Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessy Group luxury goods empire acquired 67% of Pucci in 2000 bringing in major designers such as Christian Lacroix, Matthew Williamson and Peter Dundas,other designers include Stephan Janson and Julio Espada.

If you are a fan like myself then you will notice that Emilio Pucci clothes and accessories are sold through his and Rossignol boutiques worldwide at mostly high-end department stores.

I was happy to find his designs in the U.S, you can find Pucci boutiques which are located in New York City, Las Vegas, Bal Harbour, Palm Beach, Beverly Hills, Boston, South Coast Plaza, East Hampton, New York and Dallas.

Emilio Pucci Spring/Summer 2012 Full Fashion Show Video

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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

I love some of these designs. The bold print from the spring collection is great. A little sexy, but not revealing much except for the mid section and shoulders.

The Boho Chic style looks good. Somewhat conservative and very appealing.

The Sheer Black Lace Styles are fantastic. They're my favorite ones. I like a semi-gothic look. That's sexy!

Good hub and great photos. :)


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celebritie 5 years ago Author

I think my favorite one is the pastel dresses with the flowing fabric, they seem to be so cool and breezy to wear.


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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

Fabulous taste and well written hub - Voted up and awesome


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celebritie 4 years ago Author

Fashion is one of those things that is always changing so its nice to find classic pieces that stand the test of time.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Celebritie, these are some gorgeous pieces! I agree with you that these really are like works of art on the models. I don't care for the gothic look but I love the bo ho and gypsy look. They do have kind of Middle Eastern look to them, too. I would love to wear something with this type of flair. I wonder if these types of clothes will filter down into the regular retail stores?

Loved this hub! Very informative and engaging.


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Holly OBrien 4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

Somehow this trend was not on my radar. Does this mean I can show up to places with literal bells on? Jk.

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