In what could only be described as a Restrained collection, at least by Fausto Puglisi standards, his Resort 2016 collection for the house of Ungaro was not restrained, but at times, Refined and even more surprising, Chic! Now, no one is ever going to accuse Puglisi of trawling the hallways of Chicness, not ever, that's simply not his Bag, but with a house like Ungaro, it's a place he's going to have to get familiar with if he wants to effectively do the clothes for the house their due justice. And from what has gone before with his shenanigans for the label, it's something he's only, with this collection, embraced!
There were smart and saucy suits and pants galore, but there was something, I don't know, Parisienne about this collection, that while still having that daring Va-Va-Voom Italianate thing about it, there was something more aloof here, even with all the plunging necklines and thigh-high hem, something Soignè! Maybe it was the more relaxed and unaffected attitude of the clothes, or the dynamic feminism that wasn't so much as "Come Hither" as it was "Look, Not Touch" From the Opening mix of Stripes in a dashing blazer and blouse worn over wide trousers to a Spectacular Grey Pinstripe Pantsuit or the Louche high side-slit gown in a Blue-on-White wallpaper print with a ruffle in the edge of the slit.
Well, WELL worth mentioning as well was an Impeccable Suit in Grey with tiny ruffles at the edges that encapsulated the magic that was Emanuel to a T! Or the Sinuous Black gown with a ruffle on the Shoulder that was Gala Ready! Puglisi found his Sweet spot this time around and it makes one's mouth water at the prospect of what he could achieve if he adhered to the archives even more so, this time it looked like he took a brief thumbing through and found enlightenment. Just think, a deeper dive might just lead to Nirvana.