The Clothes: Miuccia Prada serves up sexy ugly better than anyone. For her spring 2013 collection for Miu Miu, she put her own spin on the Hitchcock heroine. The late '50s/early '60s silhouettes were there--the boxy jackets over pencil skirts, the sexy cocktail dresses, the long A-line dress coats--but done up in surprising materials like denim, fur, and shiny patent leather. This spring's Miu Miu girl lady wears silk elbow-length gloves and carries a mink stole--but it's dyed with rorschach splotches, a print that carried over on dresses and suits as well. The palette--navy, black, dark green, and splashes of red--was dark and moody. There's something a little twisted and off about Miu Miu's femmes fatale, and that's just how Prada likes it. "The femme fatale is never perfect," Prada told Style.com's Jo-Ann Furniss. "At least the ones I like."
The Hair & Makeup: Every model was given super short baby bangs and wore their hair down, with the sides pulled up in some bizarre way that I still can't figure out. Faces were bare and lips were nude, all the better to bring at a super thick winged eye.
The Soundtrack: Jazz. A punky version of Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin." Thank you to Style.com for the deets! The soundtrack was: "Malcolm McLaren's reworking of Erik Satie's 'Gnossienne No. 3' through the eyes of Miles Davis, spliced alongside Neneh Cherry's version of Cole Porter's 'I've Got You Under My Skin'."
The Vibe: A big thank you to Muiccia Prada and Miu Miu for providing me with the comfiest, coolest seat I've ever had at a fashion show. Miu Miu converted the Palais d'Iéna into a wooden maze (designed by Rem Koolhaas' OMA), which was intentionally bathed in dim lighting thanks to the thick velvet curtains drawn tightly over the space's ample windows. I was seated in the "theater" which was like a mini UN with tiered red velvet seating, wood paneled desks, and a host of buttons that my seat mate Susie Lau and I could barely restrain ourselves from punching.
The Front Row: Miu Miu always packs the best front row. This season it was Emma Stone, Amanda Seyfried, Chloë Sevigny, Dianna Agron, Bérénice Bejo, and Felicity Jones. Celebrity We'd Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Anyone of those front-rowers. Especially Emma Stone.