July 09, 2007
What a difference a few months make. The fashion cognoscenti may still be parsing the meaning of Miuccia Prada's challenging Fall show (spongy safety-orange twinset, anyone?), but the designer herself has moved on for resort. The collection, full of colorful floral prints and polka dots, can only be described as pretty. Prada tossed in a few retro pantsuits (think cropped-but-full trousers and matching shirt-jackets in safari khaki or an all-over bougainvillea pattern), but she mostly concentrated on skirts and dresses. The former came full and to the mid-calf, and were paired with ribbed T-shirts and polo tops. The latter appeared in witty retakes of the traditional cheongsam for day and in full-skirted, one-shoulder styles for evening. Where the collection really got playful was in the shoe department. A satin mule, its heel sculpted and painted to resemble a blooming rose, was an editor favorite.