Miuccia Prada borrows from the boys.
At first glance, Prada’s Resort 2012 will appear as a classic ladylike collection that focuses on Americana for Resort 2012, but a double take will reveal elements borrowed from the Men’s Spring 2012 show. True-to-heart Prada fans will also rejoice at the fact that Miuccia has brought back their famous lip print in mini form – found on skirts, dresses, tops and bags.
The collection consists of womanly silhouettes paying tribute to the Sixties, including knee-length dresses, pleated skirts and cardigans draped delicately over shoulders. The ice-cream colors and boucle knits scattered throughout enable the color-blocking trend so embraced by fashionistas, while the sheer black lace skirts and dresses remain as a seductive treat for Prada-clad housewives. The accessories are no exception to the feminine theme – gone are the chunky platforms iconized in past collections and in its place are a selection of dainty sandals and stiletto pumps.
The most fun part of the collection is how the courtly elements are balanced cleverly with Barracuda jackets, golfing caps and foulards – all duplicated directly from the Men’s Spring show. The references are subtle yet so obvious, such as the case with the green loud florals used in both the men’s and women’s collection. Our guess is that when this ingenious collection hits stores, the ladies aren’t the only ones whose outfits you’ll clash with!
By Natasha Lai