Was it '70s, or was it '90s, or was it '70s in the '90s?
In any case, designer Miuccia Prada revisited her favorite subject, the school girl, for Miu Miu's Spring 2014 collection. It's a look that Prada has re-imagined again and again, and it's the look that defines Miu Miu as a brand.
There were little wool suits in pastels and primary colors, worn with equally bold wool tights and patent leather Mary Janes—the heels were splayed in that Prada way, and came in two different heights.
Asian-inspired wallpaper prints—black cats, florals, and fish bowls—were done on little dresses and jackets, worn with lace-up knee-high boots or those aforementioned Mary Janes. Those prints then moved into evening on elaborately beaded cocktail dresses. There were also a lot of spangling styles, which brought a real newness to the collection. A fringe-beaded green skirt—worn with a red ruffled blouse with cream knit tights—made swishing sounds when the model walked. There were legitimate party dresses, too—done in taffeta ruching, and belted at an interesting place on the hip.
Miuccia Prada's work is commercially viable, but more than anything it's entirely editorial. The real question is, what won't be shot next season?