September 26, 1999
Miuccia Prada showed today what is certain to become one of the most influential and successful collections of the season. It was an exquisite show of chic and glamour, tempered by the designer's signature discretion. Burgundy shorts and sweaters, lipstick prints, polka dot shirts, leather skirts and boldly colored turtlenecks evoked a cosmopolitan panache not seen since the jet-set '70s and early '80s; some looks were accessorized with sizeable travel bags and large sunglasses. For those in search of the perfect summer robe, there were also demure, semi-transparent dresses with masterful pleats and lingerie-inspired detailing that begged for relaxed cocktails in the country. "The ABC of fashion," was how Prada summed up her collection. It is precisely this knack for endowing classic, seemingly normal clothes with masterful fashion sense that keeps her empire goingand the audience begging for more.