A dropped waist, mod and 20s silhouettes, Yves Saint Laurent-inspired prints, plays on proportion via dainty oversized buttons and unexpected handbag dimensions, boldly contrasted textures, sportswear-inspired accessories (think an aviator-style cap that later morphed into fur swim caps and ski goggle-like sunglasses), and models clutching onto their handbags as if they were school girls holding their books, made for a memorable – if gimmicky at times – Fall 2011 Prada collection.
Quirks of handbags, colored snakeskin boots, and plastic scale dresses aside, there was much to love in the lineup of chic Mondrian-esque day dresses and 60s swing coats. Above all, however, it’s impressive that Miuccia Prada is able to reference retro trends and shapes, but give them a modern, even at times futuristic, sensibility.
In the same way that the designer gave a lighthearted jolt to her collection with a banana print last season, there was a welcome cartoonish feel to many of the pieces thanks to schoolgirl-like touches including faux belts that were in fact not belting anything, the aforementioned oversized buttons, and the style in which the models carried their handbags. If Anna Wintour’s recent public appearance in one of the Prada banana print skirts proved anything, it’s that even conservative women can pull off Prada's funky edge.
Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree.