185 posts tagged "Prada"
One of the great pleasures, in our humble opinion, of the end of fashion month—besides the much-deserved nap, of course̵is going through all of Tommy Ton’s street-style pics to see who wore what, when, and where. Here in the office, we’re agog over the Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto De Stijl-style heels with tie-dye socks, Catherine Baba’s endless collection of turbans, the predominance of Prada’s pre-fall camo prints, the models still in their runway makeup. But this gremlin purse (above) may be the most surprising thing we’ve seen throughout the whole crazy month—which is surely deserving of a tip of the hat. Needless to say, the complete TT slideshow is well worth a long and considered reflection.
No question: The Scots know their way around a kilt. More so than, say, the Milanese. So when Miuccia Prada decided to make a kilt, she went to the masters—and Prada’s “Made In…” program was born.
Inspired by her world-travelling grandfather, Mario, Prada canvassed the globe for artisans with whom to collaborate on traditional apparel pieces. The result is four “Made In” collections that pay tribute to the specific expertise of the regions. Prada Made in Scotland will be a collection of traditional tartan wool kilts, made in workshops that use centuries-old techniques (above). Made in India focuses on chikan, an ancient Indian embroidery. Made in Japan will be denim, for custom orders in a variety of cloths and washes. And Made in Peru, traditional campesino alpaca knits.
And while they may be geographically specific, they’re still Prada. That means you can bet they’ll work just fine with, say, a banana-print top—which is, these days, apparently the Milanese specialty.
Brilliant color has been one of the major runway stories of Spring ’11 so far, and not only in apparel. Accessories are turning up in vivid shades, too. In particular, we’ve noticed a preference for green at the Milan shows to date, ranging from a dark teal all the way to apple. We’ve arranged them across the spectrum here, with bags from (left to right) Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Prada, Jil Sander, and Bottega Veneta, above. But to really appreciate them, you need to click the image above for a larger version—in living color, as it were.
One of the accessory trends we’ve spotted on the runways this season in Milan is the return of statement eyewear. It feels like years since the Olsens-approved giant, goggle shade had its day, and if Prada (left), Jil Sander (center), and Marni (right) are anything to go by, that day is back. Oversize frames ruled the runways at Prada—especially, in the color-heavy season, in vivid brights like orange. Looking for a toned-down version? Consuelo Castiglioni’s translucent frames give a hint of the ruddy coloring that’s a shade closer to a classic tortoiseshell.
For Spring, Miuccia Prada showed a collection with more than a few girlish frills: Amid the fluoro-colored uniforms Tim Blanks called “(extra)ordinary,” there were ruffle skirts, dangling stoles, and Josephine Baker-ish finger waves. But we couldn’t help noticing that the stacked-sole flats sported by some of the models (above left) looked very familiar—from Prada’s Spring ’11 menswear collection, no less. The menswear-style brogues she showed with strata soles of jute and rubber were versions of men’s shoes (above right) she debuted on the Milan men’s runway back in June. (And, come to think of it, the boxy orange uniform dresses, top left had their equivalent at the guys’ show, too.) We’re waiting for some fashion-forward couple to wear a matching set. Brangelina dressers, are you reading this?