If it is indeed true that no one wants a single head-to-toe designer look anymore, Miuccia Prada is ready for the challenge. Come spring 2005, her stores will be full of such a range of merch that it will seem scarcely possible it emanated from the same source. "Something for everyone" is generally a cop-out of a come-on, but in Prada's case, it's a great excuse to crowd her catwalk with everything from luxuriously fabricated suits to naïve-printed mousseline shirts to patchwork snakeskin slippers to chunky Bakelite broochessometimes in the same outfit.
In other words, if you can't monopolize them, seduce them with choice. Here, that meant beautiful pinstripes next to abstract fish-and-yacht-printed shirts and belt-backed military jackets in worn denim (with a Che cap to sharpen the reference). As a catwalk exercise, the skating across styles and decades felt slightly schizo, but Prada's ever expanding knack for intertwining high and low culture meant that her show was never less than fascinatingand often much more.