2011 September 22
Spring 2012: Prada
(MILAN) Prada: With a gloriously high-concept process, Miuccia Prada nodded to her past—bubblegum sixties and hard-edge seventies—with a healthy and hilarious dose of modernized nostalgia. Loosely draped baseball jackets, beaded and appliqued with fields of flowers, are Prada's primary idea. Next is the the muscle car motif, which first appeared as an appliqué on skintight leather skirts and was sprinkled throughout the collection in brilliant incarnations, such as licks of flames on the sides of leather Mary Janes and skirt hems. Guaranteed to sell out, all of it. On the sweeter side, ruched sixties-style bandeaus masqueraded as tops and offered up a sliver of skin underneath collarless eyelet coats in pastel color-blocking. Easter egg hues are energized with jolts of red, black, and teal. Satin spilled onto the catwalk in an array of burgundies, forest greens and Limoncello, and sharkskin gray and washed-out blue. Micropleats were another important element, with knee-length skirts and dresses dripping in tri-colored combos like gelato melted on a sweltering afternoon. Pre-ordering Prada? It's the only way to go.
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