Peter Dundas, in town for a mini show at Pucci’s new Madison Avenue flagship, cast his pre-fall collection through a Deco lens, influenced by Twenties furnishings and Mia Farrow during her “Frank Sinatra years, when she wore all these perverse little dresses.” The references were obvious in the short hemlines of straight shifts, some with long sleeves and in soft, faded variations on the house prints.

In some ways, the Twenties-by-way-of-Sixties point of view led to a more modest turn for Dundas, particularly in terms of the daywear, which included a rounded black-and-white cape and tuxedo styles. He turned up the heat with filmy silk dresses, short styles with drop waists and devoré velvet gowns that skimmed the body and revealed a bit of what was beneath the sheer chiffon.

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