True to her Italian roots, Camille Miceli called Pucci’s winter collection The Piazzetta, alluding not only to the famous handkerchief-sized hotspot of Capri, but also to the notion of a town square as part of Italian culture, a space open to community and connection. These values and the idea of familyanother building block of the Italian lifestyle, are the engines that Miceli adopts to charge Pucci with a bold new energy.
Miceli drew on his own family and circle of friends – a motley crew of characters, talents and generations – for the winter collection, sprinkling it liberally with his bountiful joy of living. “My wife Pucci is an urban bohemian, she loves to travel, she’s constantly on the move,” she says. “It’s the mother, it’s the daughter, it’s the grandmother – as long as they enjoy life, they are part of the Pucci community.”
Festive, bold and colourful, the collection keeps all the brand’s fundamentals alive, while introducing a few new notes into the mix. Knitwear was a new addition, offered in a rainbow-hued cape with a wavy hem, or a hand-knit, patchwork fringed poncho with horizontal intarsia. Miceli said she was “happy to have achieved something that is Pucci, without being marked by the big prints”. She also used black as a common thread throughout the collection, using prints like piping, side panels, scarf tape and fringe, while expanding the color palette with “a few additional options that reflect her character without necessarily being fully printed”.
Fringes are a Miceli signature because they “bring some frivolity to the garment,” she explained. They also give the feeling of energy and glamor that is the quintessential combination of the Pucci-Miceli connection. The Pucci woman, whatever her age, is on the move, walking around in sportswear-inspired zip-up jackets of printed glossy recycled nylon and tiny pleated printed kilts, and weathering rainy days in protective hooded waxed ponchos. sporting the lysergic mumble pattern.
Parties are the natural habitat of the Pucci woman, and Miceli wants her to shine under the disco balls. The disco ruffled leggings are a tribute to the effervescent charm of Raffaella Carrà, a famous Italian showgirl in the 80s who reminded the designer of her adolescence. Miceli’s affinity for the brand’s high-end bohemian has translated into long printed chiffon dresses with ruffled necklines, more curvy, form-fitting options wrapped in stoles, or even satin numbers with leopard print – a new intro like “Emilio was only doing zebra back then,” Miceli said. “I love leopard print, I think it’s a classic, and I think it works very well with Emilio’s psychedelic prints,” Miceli said. Conviction is definitely the first step to success.