October 01, 2004 Milan
What Miu Miu might lack in its limited messageit was all fresh faces, orange lipstick, and girlish cheerfulnessit makes up for in breadth of stock. Waffle knits turned up as Empire-line sweater dresses, while checked shirts became tiny dresses, tied under the bust with knitted belts. The shoeslong, low Mary Janes or high stalking pumps, in orange and emeraldchimed perfectly with the bright, colorful patents that have been turning up as flashes of sixties moderne all over Milan.
As simple and carefree as all this may seem, Miuccia Prada is also being careful to pass her best-selling ideas on to Miu Miu for another season's enjoyment. Her jewelry-as-embellishment idea is now manifest, at a more accessible price, in the encrusted beaded necklines on dresses and in the panels applied to shantung jackets. All proof that Ms. Prada is a natural fashion democrat.