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.