When one thinks of Miu Miu, so many different things come to mind: ugly-chic, whimsically girly, garishly cool. But never does one really think, "practical."
But for her fall show on Wednesday -- complete with a starry, starry front row, including spring campaign face (and Oscar winner!) Lupita Nyong'o and front row regular Rihanna, among others -- designer Miuccia Prada seemed to be focusing on function. Albeit in her own unique way.
Overwhelmingly, it was foul weather-wear, with outdoors-y elements incorporated into the youthful, colorful collection. The quilted looks -- of which there were many -- reminded us of the cute clothes that kids wore growing up in '70s suburbia, all bundled up by their moms and waiting at the bust stop. The jackets were coolly sporty, and you could take your pick between pastels and bold hues. Ditto those short-and-sweet skirts. The dresses, too, were novel because, well, when was the last time you saw a quilted dress?
Windbreakers -- in all colors of the rainbow -- served as a key layering piece throughout the collection and sometimes doubled as a shirt. The rain gear was especially inspired: Transparent plastic raincoats were a chic and playful way to turn up your nose at a downpour. The plastic also made its way onto the necklines of jaunty little metallic brocade dresses, which gave the collection an injection of fancy, while still keeping it cohesive.
This contrast of the utilitarian mixed with whimsical "why not?" touches -- brocades, leopard print, girlish bras peeking out from underneath button-downs -- made for a strong statement: The weather might suck, but that's no excuse to look like a wallflower.