After a series of hugely successful shows, Prada once again managed to surprise us! From last falls 60’s space age to clean and chic 50’s elegance, Miuccia Prada wanted to bring to the runway some “Sweetness”. But what was the core of the collection really? Well, Italian men have two meaningful relationships in their lives: women and cars. Miuccia put the two together—women in cars—and situated them in a moment in time (maybe the last such) when the world was awash with unambiguous hope for the future, and by that we mean the 50’s.
There were many ways for Miuccia to make her point. The celluloid iconography was irresistible: B-movie roadhouse gals in bandeau tops and leather pencil skirts that had been customized by their spray-painting mechanic boyfriends; David Lynch heroines in varsity jackets and sunray pleats; rhinestone cowgirls in studded Baracutas. If the sweetness in such tough cookies was a little elusive, Miuccia also offered coats in lace or crochet in palest pink and blue and bathing suits that begged for pinup poses round the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The fire graphics and the 50’s cars along with the pastel colours and the feminine silhouette really gave us a smile! Oh and, of course, don’t forget the shoes! The absolutely Whaaam shoes with literally fire on their heels symbolizing the speed of cars!