As models weaved around the runway at the Palais d’Iena it was clear that Miuccia Prada’s Miu Miu collection was to be a time traveller’s dream and a time traveller’s wife.
In a season where designers were throwing about the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Miuccia Prada was feeling adventurous for her Miu Miu collection. Spanning 60 years, this collection featured 40’s waifs. There were 50’s housewife references. Accessories and shift dresses were distinctly 60’s-inspired. An 80’s New Wave soundtrack thumped in the cavernous hall. The models wore 90’s hairstyles, and attitudes to match. Smitten.
Textures and prints clashed vibrantly in the collection. Houndstooth coats with python lining and necklines were styled with patent crocodile dresses and skirts. Other snakeskin looks were embellished with shimmering florals. The croc looks were in black, yellow and orange. A python peplum adorned one look. Aya Jones donned a yellow, diagonally striped coat. Inside, a red and white striped shirt was underneath a black crocodile mini-dress. Not only was the look stunning, but it was worn by one of my favourite models.
The accessories included square-toed shoes. The costume jewellery featured glittering diamanté encrusting and large stones. Floral accessories were rife. The glistening silver glitter heels worn by one model could easily rival Dorothy’s red slippers. The Miu Miu girl would be up for the fight.
Miu Miu is considered to be Prada’s naive younger sister. The filial gratitude experienced by the two labels is undeniable, as the Milan and Paris-based labels collections complement each other, affectionately. This season people argued that the Prada collection felt like Miu Miu and the Miu Miu collection felt like Prada. I disagree. The Prada collection presented a bold concept but was executed in a conservative fashion. The Miu Miu collection was far too brazen to be Prada. Live fast, die young, bad girls do it well. Yes M.I.A., they do.
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