With every Prada show, I’m excited to observe many trends that will reverberate in fashion’s muddy waters over the few months. The speed and the contagion of Miuccia Prada’s designs always leave me speechless! I can only imagine that this must be the reason why Marc Jacobs is so enamored with Miuccia: she must be a role model for him.
Yes, I realize that Marc Jacobs’ designs also set trends and gather hoards of admirers, followers and replicators, but Miuccia has a certain depth to her influence that Jacobs will never have. Like a dark mist sneaking into the designers’ minds, replacing their ideas with hers! We’ll see if that too will happen with her Prada Fall 2013 Collection as well!
Let’s focus on the main accessories proposed by Miuccia for the Fall 2013 season: sandals. Sandals?
Yes, as odd as it may seem, sandals were the power footwear walking down the Prada runway yesterday in Milan! Strapped, buckled up sandals – don’t forget, the action is still around the ankle, platform sandals. Maybe she thought that the high platforms will prevent the mud and the snow to climb up our fashionable little toes? After all, these are shoes for fall, let us not minimize the season’s weather importance!
All in all, I’m definitely loving the colors used for the sandals – turquoise, gold, silver, orange and taupe, everything was carefully, masterfully and oh- so cleverly mixed and matched! I’m also loving the platforms, especially the wooden ones!
As for the Prada 2013 bags, there was a clear penchant for classic shapes, and clutches. Despite my love for oversized clutches, I did not appreciate the shape of the ones proposed by Miuccia for this upcoming fall season: they felt too much like beauty / travel cases to me. I did loved that she opted for the richly textured boucle as a material for her handbags. I think it makes a wonderful match for fall.
The collection in itself was, as you may expect, critically acclaimed and warmly received. The first thing I noticed looking at Prada’s Fall 2013 collection was the hair. Wet and deeply un-styled. They say it was purposely arranged like that so it would break the heavy, dramatic clothing tone and to align the hairdo to the general idea of the collection: ‘the contrast between rich and poor’.