Prada turns Japanese for SS13
The initial reaction to Prada's SS13 collection here at Catwalk Queen HQ was mixed to say the least, but after sleeping on it and watching the video again this afternoon, I think I've reached a decision. Miuccia Prada is a genius.
There are few designers who have the ability to turn out a show that at first glance appears to have little integrity, yet upon second viewing looks like the most fashion forward thing in the world, but somehow, Prada have managed to do just that. At day two of Milan Fashion Week, Miuccia delivered a challenging yet powerful show that took influences from Japanese culture, or as she describes it "an expression of the impossible dream".
The opening looks were clean and dark, with stencilled white flowers and stems appearing in panels on boxy black satin jackets and stiff black satin skirts. It was artsy and edgy, yet feminine at the roots, with Geisha red lips and cropped tousled hair. Emerald, purple, red and blush pink began to emerge as the show progressed, though the overall palette consisted of mainly black and white (monochrome is going to be huge next Spring/Summer) with silver thrown in.
Unlike other shows at Milan Fashion Week, nothing in the collection screamed red carpet, except perhaps the kimono style satin dresses, tunics and skirts which echoed traditional folding and layering techniques; we could definitely see one of the achingly hip girls like Alexa Chung, Carey Mulligan or Emma Stone experimenting with these.
It wasn't just the colours and styling techniques that had a touch of the East - obi sashes tied in at the waist, appliqué flowers adorned fur coats, satin played a major role in cycling shorts and origami, off the shoulder tops, and shoes were inspired by traditional block platforms, taking flatforms to a whole new level! I'm not sure if I'll personally be rocking leather pink socks with patent bow thong sandals next year, but it'll certainly be interesting to see who is...