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Prada Spring 2013 Runway Review

Car prints, monkey prints, a parade of pantsuits…Miuccia Prada never ceases to surprise. This season, the designer went with a floral motif and Japanese-inspired silhouettes (think a twisted version of an obi belt, tabi-style shoes, kimono-like pieces, and origami pleats). The two worked well together — the latter serving to temper flower accents that could have easily come across as overly frilly and juvenile.

Shapes were stiff and mostly fitted but finished with sculpted details (namely around the bodice), adding softness to otherwise stark looks. It is a spring collection after all and Prada brought out some lighthearted fun with white flower power fur coats (though one has to wonder how much appeal cropped sleeve fur coats will hold to buyers) to break up the dark hues and austere shapes.

Much of the collection — especially the shoes — didn't score high on wearable appeal, but kudos to Prada for going against the grain and, as she usually does, showing something uniquely her own.