MFW: Prada Autumn/Winter 2011

Miuccia Prada has referenced the 60’s in seasons past, and for the Autumn/Winter 2011 Prada collection, we once again returned to the swinging era. Tartan coats were pepped up with tufts of fur, while oversized lapels graced above-the-knee coats which were topped off with low-slung belts and double-breasted buttons. The collection stepped firmly away from the acid stripes and tropical prints which were on show for the Spring/Summer 2011 season, opting for quirky femininity with a vintage inspired edge.

Many of the models (mostly new faces) clutched their bags firmly to their body in a sort of defensive stance while they wore a variety of off-beat headgear. The printed simple shift dresses paid homage to Yves Saint Laurent’s unforgettable Mondrian dress (created back in 1965) which managed to define a single era of fashion in a single garment. Prada featured a sort of update on this dress, with a simple pastel squares pattern that was topped off with more low-slung belts, oversized plastic buttons and worn with python skin boots.

The collection shifted towards the finale, showing off a few outfits made out of acetate scalloping, sure to be favoured in print work in seasons to come. The collection was typical Prada, delving in to Miuccia's memories, fantasies and dreams - it was quirky, feminine and directional.


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