MILAN--Prada’s show yesterday managed to be both cheeky and classic, retro and subversive. Last spring it was bananas, this spring it's cars.
The venue was decorated with giant toy cars lining the runway--doubly referencing kindergarten years and the Italian man's stereotypical love for cars. 1950s silhouettes came marching down in the way of high-waisted pleated skirts, mid-calf woolen coats in gray with red seams, and plenty of embroidered flower patterns.
Well-behaved? At first sight only. Within minutes, a model shocked the crowd expecting another Jackie O. silhouette, by wearing a stretch bandeau bra and a high waist pencil skirt. The stretchy bra, reminiscent of Cindy Crawford’s workout video, suggested it was six-pack o’clock again.
This was followed by a lace bra and pleated skirt, contrasting with a prim and proper A-line coat.
But Miuccia Prada still had another surprise in store for us. Suddenly the cars on the runway appeared as motifs in the collection: tiny little four-wheeled cartoon cars appeared on robes, silk jackets, and clutches, and recalled little boys pajamas (in the best way, of course). Flames lined skirts and shot off shoes (that you're gonna die over, seriously).
Fashion, this collection seemed to suggest, is about eternal childhood--whether you dress up for the sock hop or drive in, or stay home and play with toy cars.
**All photos: Imaxtree