Prada Gives Geisha Girls the Mod Treatment for Spring 2013

Miuccia Prada never fails to surprise. While other designers may toy with the same theme season after season, Prada always reinvents itself--yet somehow still maintains that intrinsic, unmistakable Prada-ness. You just know it's Prada when you see it.
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Miuccia Prada never fails to surprise. While other designers may toy with the same theme season after season, Prada always reinvents itself--yet somehow still maintains that intrinsic, unmistakable Prada-ness. You just know it's Prada when you see it.
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The Clothes: Miuccia Prada never fails to surprise. While other designers may toy with the same theme season after season, Prada always reinvents itself--yet somehow still maintains that intrinsic, unmistakable Prada-ness. You just know it's Prada when you see it.

This season Miuccia Prada experimented with Japanese-inspired elements like traditional dress, art and architecture. The first several looks--black dresses and skirts, made out of a structured silk (a Prada staple)--featured a flower print that recalled traditional Japanese art and some of the cuts reminded me of the way a kimono folds in the front. Flowers remained a big theme in the collection showing up in the form of child-like daisy prints, doily-esque appliques, and fuzzy patterns on fur. The palette moved from black to dark olive to navy and then gave way to white with a splash of red, and finally ended in pearly pinks and pale greens.

And then there were the shoes--if that's even what you could call them. Some were merely leather socks that had leather ribbon straps tied in a bow and threaded through the big toe in a thong shape. Others were massive thong flatforms, paired again with those leather socks, which immediately recalled the geta--the traditional Japanese wooden thongs. Towards the end there were these seriously high platforms with crazy pearl-like embellishments that are sure to be Spring 2013's equivalent of the flame shoes. We know they sound crazy--but get on board. Trust us, come Spring everyone will be wanting to wear socks with thong sandals.

Hair and Makeup: Hair was twisted up in a pony and then flopped over the model's forehead, giving the models a sort of makeshift pixie from the front. Makeup was bare save for a gorgeous orangey-red lip.

The Soundtrack: Techy orchestral, space-y, futuristic, a little scary.

The Vibe: It was a total mob scene--and I can see why. Even my cab driver knew it was the Prada show, before I even told him the address. Obviously it's a big show during Milan fashion week (if not the biggest). But it was definitely worth the mosh-pit-worthy wait.

Celebrity We'd Most Like to See Wearing It: Anna Dello Russo, Michelle Williams, and duh, Shailene Woodley is all over those shoes.

Photos: IMAXtree