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Miuccia Prada’s famous mantra is, “In the end fabric is fabric. What is really new is the way you treat it and put the pieces together.” This season staying true to her own philosophy, Signora Prada goes back to the bare basics. Stripping away ostentatious feathers, intricate embellishments, and outsized patterns la modista Italiana reveals the true quintessence of her art; free from definition and constriction. Once again she exalts sleek, understated clothes defined by immaculate craftsmanship and distinctive refinement.

Opening with a black spaghetti-strap knee length semi-fitted tube dress accented by lace trimmed hems Prada heralded the new era of beautifully tailored minimalist clothes. Then a procession of prim cashmere coats with high wide-stand or peter pan collars, three quarter raglan sleeves and horizontal hip level flap pockets made their appearance. Though constructed in somber blacks, browns, camels and rust colors these creations were neither cold nor depressing. Quite to the contrary the purity of their design was a jovial celebration of skillfully crafted grace.

Other exceptional pieces reflecting the zenith of Miuccia’s sophisticated taste were masculine patch-pocket blazers belted below the bosom, plain sleeveless dresses featuring puffy circle skirts-- draped and gathered into asymmetric folds, and collarless coats with flared peplums.

Shortly after convincing everyone, “More is more”, Prada reinvents herself. Her new uncluttered vision defies rigid definitions like ‘bohemian,’ ‘avant-garde,’ and ‘beatnik’, but borrows elements from different genres and styles. Overall, these are the kinds of clothes that express true female sensibility trough elegant simplicity, perfection of cut and remarkable sensuality.



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