MIUCCIA Prada is back. Not that anyone had ever counted her out. But, the Prada AW15 collection is, by far, her strongest work of late. The queen of it-feels-retro-but-it-is-oh-so-modern-chic has returned with a beautiful array of pieces that are girly, playful and—fashion’s favourite gasp-inducing thing—surprising.
For one, the colours for this fall Prada collection are predominantly pastels. Perfect pale pinks, mint greens and soft blues mixed with pops of red, dove grey and shades of yellow with hints of black here and there. The collection flows seamlessly from piece to piece in almost organic fashion, appropriate since one of Miuccia’s themes for the collection was “variation on beauty,” exploring the balance between real and fake in conceptions of beauty.
There was an air of ‘60s ladylike chic everywhere – complete with interpreted attached stoles, bows, opera gloves, kitten heels, Empire waists and exaggerated Perspex floral brooches – only with a touch of artifice that made it all modern, all thoughtful. Models strutted down the runway in an array of loosely structured suit separates and shirts layered under dresses in an array of woven and printed tweeds in the aforementioned spring-feeling palette.
Some of the strongest pieces involved a molecular-looking print that was, in fact, an image of a GM ostrich, which directly contrasted to other items in the collection directly cut from ostrich. Music from Disney’s Fantasia added to the feeling of contrast between organic and inorganic, real and fantastical.
On the whole, the collection felt very Prada, but very new, beautiful and unexpected, which, is, of course, very Prada.
by Jessica Quillin