Might be time take those American Apparel gym socks--you know, the ones that were cool and hipstery for a minute there in the mid-aughts--back out of storage.
Miuccia Prada, like many designers this fashion month, played with athletic wear for spring 2014. But of course, she did it in her own artful, luxe way.
Admittedly, the first few looks puzzled us at best--until we developed a bit more of an understanding of what she was going for. Maybe. We think. The models looked a bit like that one girl who dressed really weird in high school, and probably grew up to be way cooler than you. And the clothes were as equally nostalgic and odd. There was a three-dimensionally embellished dress with a large face on it; a bejeweled bra over a ribbed sweater with a pleated skirt and leg warmers and a sort of feather headband; more big faces...
But in many cases, the kookiness was due more in part to the styling than the pieces themselves. Many women would look great in, say, the red embellished sleeveless dress with a keyhole cutout at the breastbone; though maybe not with it worn over a green crewneck sleeveless rugby sweater (which, alone with jeans, would be really cute). The beautifully crafted 3-D embellishments worked in several instances, but at times made dresses look heavy in the middle and bottom. It worked better on coats, as did the large faces--and even the three-dimensional black and white bra worn on a bright blue coat. For some reason, with outerwear, it felt fun and whimsical. On a dress, it was somewhat confounding. Maybe that's why this collection had so many coats, in spite of the season.
As usual, Prada introduced several fresh ideas for spring, both in terms of design and styling. To us, the bottom-heavy look of pairing leg warmers with a strapless dress seemed hard to pull off--but watch it become the silhouette-of-the-moment in a few months.