MILAN–On my way to Prada, my first time ever seeing the show IRL, I was excited. Okay, maybe excited is an understatement. Not only do I love Miuccia Prada as a designer but I’d been told a Prada show was something extra special–so let’s just say there was definitely an extra bounce in my step.
Happily, I was not disappointed.
Set in a large, industrial-looking space, guests sat around a vast square “catwalk” which was carpeted in purple with a geometric design–it was the same set for the men’s show last month, only in violet (how girly). Even though everyone was seated and the lights dimmed in anticipation, the show started about 45 minutes late. That’s okay though, because it was well worth the wait.
The first few looks were a set of all-black ensembles with gem-like embellishments on pant hems and collars. The hair was super long–unnaturally so–sleek, straight and two-toned, dip dyed. Sort of like the shoes: neck-breakingly high Mary Janes in black with red rubber that looked melted over the toes and brogues (also coated in contrasting colored rubber), worn with printed suits. The prints varied in size and color but they all stuck to the mosaic print–it reminded me of something Mrs. Roper might wear on Three’s Company (a little). Adding to the effect was a very retro color palette, sticking to mustard yellows, burnt orange and blue.
If you ever had a doubt that dresses over pants was really a thing, then this show definitely put that to rest. Dresses and long tunics were styled with pants poking out from the bottom, despite their already well-below-the-knee hemline. When the looks weren’t covered in the geometric prints they were mostly black, save for a striking orange suit, which had glittering embellishments placed almost like medals on the breast of the model’s blazer.
The accessories were more toned-down–there was a green mottled Doctor’s bag that really caught our eye. But we’re sure we’ll be seeing a lot of the sky-high heels and even the two-tone flatforms, come fashion week of next year.