Prada Spring 2012 Collection
The Italians are certainly loving the kitschy retro prints this season. After Dolce & Gabbana’s kitchen-curtain kitsch, Prada unveiled her auto body detailing version of it. Miuccia described her collection as “sweet,” which it is; with pleated skirts and dresses in pale colors and floral lace or crochet coats in more vivid colors. But there’s also a flip side: retro car prints, leather skirts, and the kind of airbrushed flames you’d see on the type of van you’d be advised to not come a’knockin’ if you see it rockin’. There was also a a tip of the hat – or more accurately, a metaphorical flip of the skirt – to that embodiment of sweet and sexy, Marilyn herself, as the models walked over a subway grate on the runway. The fifties are all over this collection, with its pastel palette, round-shouldered coats, and retro “bathing suits” in satin. It’s a gorgeous collection and like so much of Miuccia’s work, will have an influence on other designers down the line.
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