There were a handful “luxury” designers in the 1960's that had their own space at Fortnum & Masons – One of them was Emilio Pucci. This particular favourite dress of mine, made from delicate pink, khaki green and mustardy citron silk,probably dates back tothat time.
It's a fabulously cool piece to wear on a sunny day out shopping,especially when I team it with a very light EttingerHurlinghamovernight bag,made from a sturdy cotton drill.
I have various Emilio Pucci pieces, ranging from swimwear to full length evening wear, but this has got to be my favourite. The hues flatter my colouring,the length is perfect and it's completely wrinkle free.It's pretty precious though, and I haven't seen any quite like it, or at least not in such great condition.
My Ettinger bag is available now though,and is both sturdy, practical; and light enough to be thrown around a bit, especially in overhead compartments.The company itself dates back to the 1930's, and beautifully matches my Italian fantasy. Both designers certainly shared the same beautiful, rich and glamorous clientele that would have shopped at Fortnums!
Gerry Ettinger was a film producer in Italy and Germany,working with glamorous actresses such as Marlene Dietrich. I like to think that the two might have met somewhere stylish like Capri, sipping Negroni on the water front for a weekend.
Photographs Julia Mills photography