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
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
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.