In stark juxtaposition to his high fashion creations, underscored by theatrical opulence, luxurious excess and colorful drama, Lacroix designed for Pucci a pared down, clean collection. As the gossip cauldron boiled with rumors that this would be the master couturier’s last season at the Italian label, out came a streamlined, ladylike lineup, cast in white, teal, sapphire, aquamarine, and fuchsia. Evocative of a breezy summer vacation off the Amalfi Coast, Lacroix’s whimsical silk chiffon gowns, simple beaded shift dresses, and gold lame cropped leather jackets were resort wear at its best.
Covering the entire depth and breadth of a well rounded spring wardrobe-- everything from a rigorously tailored white stand collar double breasted coat with quadruple flap pockets to a beaded-collar chiffon bikini cover-up-- Lacroix came up with something special for everyone and every occasion.
As the show progressed butterfly sleeve wide-U neck blouses, plunging neckline swimsuits, boat neck t-shirts, and wide legged trousers in solids and swirling colors, were replaced by glamorous 70s style jumpsuits, intricately beaded kolye-neck dresses, and embroidered skirt-suits. Finally, Lacroix made his brilliant exit in the form of a beautiful white corseted floor-length gown with a cascading chiffon train.
Overall, Lacroix’s take on the Pucci style, famous for its colorful freestyle
patterns, was pert-a-porter as soon through a couture lens.