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PRADA SPRING 09

AP Fashion Writer, Milan, Italy

Miuccia Prada’s latest collection had little to do with the prevailing fashions for spring: easy dressing in light and airy styles.

Her collection Tuesday was indeed light – she’s into flesh baring these days – but certainly not easy to wear – or walk in.

Several models tottered and fell on the fish decorated runway, as they slipped out of their ultra-high heeled platform sandals strapped at the ankle. Many finished their catwalk, shoes in hand.

More than an overriding theme, the latest Prada collection is divided into categories from bra tops to dresses in python and fish prints, to variations of the old-fashioned night gown, to gilded evening wear.

To underline the potpourri feel of the collection Miuccia had all her models walk up and down the runway at the same time, creating the effect of a fashion kaleidoscope.


The bra top, an item which could never have shown up at Prada a decade ago, is worn with an off the shoulder jacket and below the knee skirt with lingerie velvet detailing, all in shimmering silk.

The favorite style for the silk reptile and sea shore prints is an overly loose sheath. The nightie dresses come in various fabrics, and are strictly off-white like clothes stashed away in a trunk.

A series of wooly tops worn over a flared mini skirt brings the collection back to our days, only to lose it to the future in cosmic gilded gowns.

The only "easy" item in the collection is the latest Prada bag – a simple leather clutch.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.