Featured designer: Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci b&w

When you think of multicolored retro fashion, it’s easy for the name Emilio Pucci to come to mind.  Emilio was a Florentine Italian fashion designer born in 1914, who lived up until 1992.  He was somewhat of a Renaissance man, delving into many different areas of interest.  But when he managed to receive notable attention for an experimental stretch fabric he created for his own ski wear design in the late 1940’s, he decided to pursue haute couture as his life long profession.

Emilio-Pucci beginning

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Picture of the Day

Most of the eastern half of the United States is experiencing cloud cover or precipitation today.  It’s certainly a gloomy gray day over here in the New York City metro area.  Here’s a little color to liven up your day.  🙂

Colorful tights animated

Or, if you’d like something with more pizazz than solid opaques, let Emilio Pucci stir it up for you:

Emilio Pucci Tights retro

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Vintage Donna Karan hosiery

If you read some earlier parts of my blog, you know about my appreciation for Donna Karan.  She was truly an innovator in the area of opaque hosiery back in the late 1980’s into the 1990’s.  She was putting modern materials like micro fiber and Tactel nylon to good use before many others did.  One of the styles that I think was a major success was the “Jersey” line, consisting of Satin and Matte Jersey opaque tights.  The fit, finish, and material quality was simply first rate, for a good bit less than the prices for similar hosiery offered by the well established top tier hosiery makers like Wolford and Falke.

Donna Karan - Satin Jersey Tights

Donna Karan -- Satin Jersey details

Fortunately, I just happened to find the packaging for these, tucked away in a box.  As you can see from the size chart, 183cm/6’0″ was capped at 79kg/175lbs.  But I found the sizing more generous, capable of filling up to 35lbs more.  The printing date on the back of the package shows 1988, and these were purchased in 1990-1992.  I don’t know exactly when they were discontinued, but searching on the Internet for them turns up absolutely nothing–no text or images (well, until now!).

How do they compare to the hosiery made by Donna Karan today?  I don’t know.  But from what I’ve seen, the material blend of fibers is different and photos of models wearing her opaque tights show less opacity than I remember.  Anyway, I’ll have to give a pair of modern Donna Karan/DKNY opaque tights a try, to see how they compare.  Meanwhile, if anyone connected with Donna Karan just happens to be reading this, tell her to bring back the Satin Jersey!  😉