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Pink and Pucci for Spring

Pink blossoms and Pucci

Every year when the pink cherry blossoms are out, I make a point to take some photos for the blog under this canopy in the park.  This year it seemed especially appropriate, since pink is set to be THE colour for spring and summer.  Like water on a stone, I’ve had such a stream of pink put in front of my eyeballs via Instagram and magazines that even my own resolute anti-pink stance has crumbled.  I recently bought a pink skirt (sequinned, of course) and quickly realised I had absolutely nothing to wear with it!  I’ll remedy that soon, but I missed my photo opportunity under the pink blooms.  Cherry blossoms wait for no man, so I opted to wear this much-loved old Pucci dress instead, before all of the flowers disappeared.  The wind was FIERCE the day we took these photos, so the trees are probably nearly bare already.

Pink Petal blossom showerWindblown, with petal snow

Dappled light on Pucci dress

Pink Cherry Blossom

Here’s the best part about a Pucci dress– it could be from this year or 10 years ago.  A Pucci dress is all about retro appeal, so it doesn’t ever look out of date.  Missoni falls into this category as well.  Both brands have a strong aesthetic that you either love or hate (I’m a lover).  They are iconic pieces that stand the test of time, and while expensive, are worth an investment if you are Team Statement Print.  I think every closet needs one or two Missoni or Pucci style pieces.  With both brands, I only really like about 15% of what they do; a lot of the colours and patterns don’t appeal to me at all, but the ones I like, I LOVE!  Also, they both do a lot of beachwear (bikinis, coverups, sarongs, caftans, etc) but I don’t usually spend this sort of money on beachwear.  Pucci and Missoni often put a slightly putrid stripe or colour somewhere in the print to keep it from looking too perfect (the dress I’m wearing doesn’t have that though).  This design element reminds me of a well-crafted perfume where traditionally, a note or two of something really ‘off’ and pungent (indoles, ambergris, castoreum, civet glands, etc.) was added to give richness and contrast to the scent.  In the same way, just a touch of these slightly off colours enhances the colour palette.  I look forward each season to see what both of these brands come up with.  There are always a few pieces I fall completely in love with.   I do try to avoid some of the more delicate Missoni knitted scarves because I find they pick and pull too easily for me and my lifestyle.  Everything else is usually quite hardwearing.

Portrait Pucci dress

Pucci and daffodilsHanging around with the pigeons

The WIND again

Details
Dress: Pucci (old)
Bag: Hermes Medor
Shoes: Louboutin Gwalior 100
Earrings: old (similar here)

Here are a few of my Pucci and Missoni favourites that are currently available, a few are even on sale.  It does make me laugh that all of them have pink!  I’m starting to think of pink as ‘light red’ which, technically, it is.  Did you know that pink used to be the colour associated with boys and blue with girls?  At one time (early 1900’s to be precise) pink was thought to be the stronger and more decisive colour.  I blame Barbie and Paris Hilton for ruining it for me, but I’m starting to come around…

This one is my favourite.  I love the Pucci spirograph print, and that sick putty colour just makes it for me.

This is a close second.  The pea and mint greens, tangerine orange, lavender, and both fuchsia and baby pink tones are a perfect mood-lifting clash.


This electric zig zag Missoni print screams summer.  I’m always into orange and fuchsia together.

This bamboo foliate print in a neutral-with-a-twist colour scheme is so elegant and wearable.  The colours are even better up close.

This perfect Pucci palm print is made better with an unpredictable palette. The cinnamon and ochre-mustard colours keep it fashion-y instead of Boca Raton grandmother going to lunch.

This is Missoni magnificence.  And on sale.  I’d like to pick out these colours with a bright long jacket or shoes… and of course jewellery.

I love an oversize skinny 70’s scarf, and this metallic one is seasonless.  Here the mustard colour freshens up a muted colour scheme.

This is reversible, on sale, and just what I’d like to cozy up in next winter! The sludgy greens are a classic Missoni contrast with the hot pink and plum.

Do you love these iconic Pucci and Missoni prints as much as I do, or do you think they are better left in the past?!

Linking to: fashionshouldbefun, notdressedaslamb, style nudge, elegantlydressedandstylish, stylesplash, honestmum, visiblemonday

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43 Comments

  • Reply
    RetroChicMama
    March 23, 2017 at 10:05 PM

    Totally with you about Pucci Lisa, obviously the retro edge does it for me every time. I don’t feel at all the same about Missoni funnily enough.
    Agree also on the first dress of which the spirograph print incredibly continues from the body across to the arms without breaking! Me want 😉
    I will rename this post “Beauty under Blossoms” you are so divine x

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      Lisa
      March 24, 2017 at 8:46 AM

      I’m surprised you don’t like Missoni! Except for the traditional zig zags, I can hardly tell the two apart sometimes. I adore that first dress too, I really really love everything about it. You could really wear it four seasons of the year with the right light coloured coat (she says, trying to justify the price tag…). Thank you, lovely xx

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    Susan B
    March 24, 2017 at 12:50 AM

    That is SUCH a gorgeous dress! And what a lovely backdrop. I still have trouble finding prints (especially in a larger piece like a dress) that don’t wear ME. But I always appreciate a well done print.

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      Lisa
      March 24, 2017 at 8:43 AM

      Thank you so much, Susan. I don’t wear a lot of print, but Missoni and Pucci are largely exempt from my no-print policy! xx

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    Jennie
    March 24, 2017 at 3:29 AM

    Oh, how I love this gorgeous dress, Lisa! The canopy of cherry trees is also beautiful. I am also not a pink person, but I am slowly being converted I believe.

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      Lisa
      March 24, 2017 at 8:42 AM

      Thank you, Jennie! I love the dress too… its an oldie but goodie. I think we’re getting converted to pink because finally it is being worn in a modern fresh way so it doesn’t have the same overly girly connotations. I bet I see you in pink before August 🙂 xx

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    josep-maria
    March 24, 2017 at 7:06 AM

    A wonderful dress and some really beautiful photos! I love the stamping of the dress, and the design is so simple and elegant. This outfit is pure spring light! You look wonderful in it!

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    Nancy
    March 24, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    I just finished writing a post for next week featuring a Chevron print that was made popular by Missoni. In the 70 s. Pucci was in my puberty one of my favorites! To look at that is….
    The dresses are wonderfull, I love the kind of psychedilic print that Pucci often uses!

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      Lisa
      March 28, 2017 at 1:50 PM

      Oh, I’ll have to check out your Chevron post! I adore Pucci, new and old! xx

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    LA CONTESSA
    March 24, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    I love a man in PINK!YOU do not see much of that here on the WEST COAST!
    YOU are rocking THAT ENSEMBLE……..I hope THE PHOTOGRAPHER had a coat waiting for you!
    THOSE TREES…………..why do they only last days!!!?IT IS MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR!
    XX

    • Reply
      Lisa
      March 24, 2017 at 10:56 PM

      I like men in pink too! You see that A LOT in London. Thank you so much, Elizabeth. The trees are magnificent, aren’t they? xx

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    LA CONTESSA
    March 24, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    What ever happened to PARIS HILTON!!!!!!!!!!!!?

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      Lisa
      March 24, 2017 at 10:52 PM

      The Lord alone knows 😀

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    Marlena
    March 24, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    I love PINK….all shades! Even painted my bedroom walls pin back in the nineties….my daughter, not so much. She always rolls her eyes when I try and get her to wear pink. Can’t wait to see the pink skirt!

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      Lisa
      March 24, 2017 at 10:52 PM

      What colour does your daughter love? The pink skirt will be on soooooooon! xx

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    Samantha Blair
    March 24, 2017 at 10:31 PM

    the Lady said “Pink” and I was here in a click…. Are those possibly the sexiest shoes on the planet? Maybe…..pretty damn close!
    How unusual and interesting.
    Beautiful!
    And the blossom….. sigh….:o)
    XXX
    Sam

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      Lisa
      March 24, 2017 at 10:51 PM

      Haha, yes you’re much more of a pink-phile than I am, for sure. Thank you, Sam! xx

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    Little Red
    March 25, 2017 at 1:22 AM

    Love Pucci but haven’t indulged too much. Definitely never indulged in Missoni or Etro. Pink probably won’t be in my top three but it’s definitely in my second tier of preferred colors.

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      Lisa
      March 25, 2017 at 2:23 PM

      Pink is climbing in my rankings! I just need a few pink accessories… everything I have now looks a little wrong with pink. xx

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    Marlena
    March 25, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Well, my daughter is 19! ( can’t believe it!!). And she seems partial to black…and denim!! So no color actually….lol. Very sad, hoping she will outgrow it.

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      Lisa
      March 25, 2017 at 2:21 PM

      Ah, I’m sure she’ll outgrow it. At that age, I only wore black and denim as well! My wardrobe gets brighter as I get older. xx

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    LA CONTESSA
    March 25, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    I shall GOOGLE HER!!!!!!!
    YES, THE TREEs are MAGNIFICENT!
    XX

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    Abby@Midlifecrisisnut
    March 25, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Pucci, Spring and you Lisa – perfect combination! I always associate Pucci with Spring or Summer where the colours really pop out. You look absolutely gorgeous in that dress, as usual! Plus the blossoms – I totally envy you now! ❤️ xx Abby

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      Lisa
      March 25, 2017 at 9:43 PM

      Thank you so much, Abby! I also think of Pucci as a spring/summer brand. You must have flowers in France by now, non? Hope to see you soon xx

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    simplementlui
    March 25, 2017 at 6:20 PM

    A great outfit and a fantastic location 😉

    https://4highheelsfans.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/back-in-business/

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      Lisa
      March 25, 2017 at 9:41 PM

      Thanks so much! xx

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    Mithra Ballesteros
    March 25, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    So many comments to make about this luscious post. First off, the flowers. I suppose this is the closest I’m every going to get to seeing you in a floral?? Second, that dress! I love Pucci but thought I was too old, too short and roundish, and not dirty or rich enough to pull it off. You have changed my mind! (Not that you are any of those things. Well maybe you are!) Last, the accessories. Don’t laugh but I believe that your towering intellect and sublime taste show up most in the accessories you choose. You never play it safe and it always makes us want to knock you down and steal something.

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      Lisa
      March 25, 2017 at 8:39 PM

      Oh Mithra, that’s the best comment ever! Yeah, you’re not likely to see me in a floral… this may be the closest we get. You are definitely likely to see me in more Pucci or Missoni though. I’m so pleased you like the accessories; sometimes I think the only point of wearing clothes is to have a good backdrop for accessories 🙂 Love to you, xx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    March 26, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    Oh yes, a beautiful dress. I am sure it is worth the investment as it looks so good on you. I am always very much in favour of Sportmax, a bit less conservative than Max Mara, well designed, nice material and usually rather timeless. And not as expensive as Pucci or Missoni, although still enough money. Missoni is not a brand for me anyway. All that knit stuff on my figure is aweful. I tried several of them and then decided it wasn’t for me. They do however have beautiful tunics that do suit me.
    As for your pictures and the pink blossom: AWESOME. And you are so in tune with that background in your lovely dress.
    Greetje

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      Lisa
      March 28, 2017 at 1:37 PM

      Thank you Greetje! I’ve learned that this dress is a little divisive… yes, it is a print, but I prefer this Miami style print to say, a girly floral. I love all the colours in it too… it feels very cheery and summery. I can totally see you in Missoni tunic, for sure. I’m really noticing Sportmax a lot lately, all because of you, I’m sure! xx

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    glendakstyle
    March 26, 2017 at 11:09 PM

    When I opened your post I gasped. So pretty – both you and the Cherry blossoms. Like you, I once had a strong aversion toward pink. But, as of late, I’ve been very attracted to very soft pink – like the shade of the blossoms.

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      Lisa
      March 28, 2017 at 1:34 PM

      OH, thank you so much Glenda, that’s so sweet of you. I’m very slowly coming around to traditional pink… I’ve always had a thing for bright shocking pink, but a few other varieties are starting to feel ok! xx

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    jacqui
    March 27, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    These shots are perfect, such a lovely backdrop for a gorgeous dress. Brave of you to wear, but looks stunning. Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

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      Lisa
      March 28, 2017 at 1:32 PM

      Thanks so much, Jacqui! xx

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    jessica jannenga (@jessicajannenga)
    March 29, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    Ahhh, so there are those cherry blossoms! So pretty Lisa! Of course pictures would have to be taken there. Love the print, artistic style and colors of your dress!
    thanks for linking with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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      Lisa
      April 1, 2017 at 6:26 PM

      The cherry blossoms are just amazing, aren’t they? We’re so lucky with the blossom in London, always. Glad you like the dress! xx

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    thestylesplash
    March 30, 2017 at 11:53 PM

    Fabulous dress in an equally fabulous location! I love your shoes and clutch too…but then who wouldn’t? 😉 I do like Pucci prints, not so keen on Missoni though. . The first two dresses you’ve picked out are gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking up to Style With a Smile 🙂

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

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      Lisa
      April 1, 2017 at 6:24 PM

      Thank you, Emma! Yeah, I find the shoes and clutch are nowhere as divisive as the dress 😀 xx

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    Honest Mum® (@HonestMum)
    March 31, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    Absolutely stunning as always. Adore Pucci prints and love these shots-a beautiful lady against stunning blossom x

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      Lisa
      April 1, 2017 at 6:23 PM

      Thank you so much, Vicki! So glad you like, lovely xx

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    Michelle
    April 1, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    That Pucci print would have had the old me running for the hills. But you know what? I’m kinda liking it! Looking good lady, and don’t get me started on those shoes. Serious shoe envy – sigh!
    xxx

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      Lisa
      April 1, 2017 at 6:21 PM

      Thank you, Michelle! I’ll make it my goal to get you in some Pucci along with your new sparkle before the year is up! xx

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