September 30, 1999
Miuccia Prada confirmed, once again, that she is one of the greatest creative talents in fashion at the moment. Her new Miu Miu line, aptly entitled "Almost a Lady," was an intelligent play on the discreet charm of the modernand youngbourgeoisie. Classic prep ensembles were reinvented with '90s shine, attitude and confidence. Pleated skirts were worn with colorful mules, baseball jackets were outfitted with patent leather detailing, and pale slacks and skirts were dressed up with diamond detailing. The looks never seemed forced or over-the-top; indeed, the collection's greatest strength was the masterful balance between embellishment and function. These are the types of clothes that women can wear everyday, anywhere, with the self-assured certainty that they'll never be underdressedor overdone.