October 05, 2010 Paris
There was nothing so garish here as spangled Dancing With the Stars-type costumes. But while Prada insisted there was "no nostalgia" to the collection, you could pick up a sort of bygone innocence to the dominant silhouette—a long-sleeved, shirtwaist silk satin dress with good-girl box pleats. Any such feeling, however, was quickly subverted by the Sunset Strip Day-Glo brights and Walk of Fame star prints (and matching appliqués on big-shouldered leather jackets). The snakes twisting up and down tree branches were darker still, but there were elegant swans and exotic lotus flowers—symbols of grace and rebirth, respectively—in equal measure. So perhaps Mrs. Prada isn't quite ready to come down on either side of our culture's addiction to fame.
It's worth noting that the young stars Dakota Fanning and Mia Wasikowska were both in the audience. Either of them would look winning in the black cotton dresses with leather latticework at the neckline.