Prada kept its guests waiting on the streets outside of the venue until 6 p.m. sharp — the time when the show was scheduled to begin — but immediately made up for the delay upon entry. A bar was serving sweet-looking pink and green drinks (some with a cherry on top) and waiters passed around cute, mysterious bites in the same color palette. On our way past the cocktail hour and into the show space, we moved through multiple boxy rooms — with walls painted in an alternating order of the aforementioned hues — to find our seats. All together, this painted a clear picture of what we were about to see walk down the runway: A collection that was pretty in that off-kilter way only Miuccia Prada can pull off.
Set to an orchestral track that sounded like it could have been the theme music for a ‘50s or ‘60s sitcom, the first looks out were suits in a neoprene-like fabric worn over shiny satin collared shirts. Early on, I caught a bit of a retro housewives vibe, thanks to the well-coiffed side ponytails held in place with rhinestone barrettes; the rubbery, treaded flats that recalled gardening shoes; and elbow-high evening gloves in colors that reminded me of the dishwashing kind — although Prada’s versions of the latter were made from ostrich. Prada put her twisted touch on a number of classic pieces, like tweed coats, ladylike dresses and trousers that were woven in bright colors and accented with strips of clashing fur, large bows and metallic, button-like adornments. A pattern that was almost molecular in shape appeared throughout, as did plenty of ostrich, including a divine sherbet lime green coat made from the material.
The finale looks were a series of party dresses and separates in the neoprene-esque material. With their youthful silhouettes, bows and sparkly floral appliqués, they all seemed fit for retro prom queen. As for the accessories, oversized perspex flower brooches (some embellished with rhinestones), sci-fi sunglasses, macaron-colored handbags and double strapped Mary Janes that ranged in shade from sunshine yellow to a satiny, ballet pink, were all so lovely that I’m already thinking about ways to sweeten up my look this fall.
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