Photos: The Fashionisto
Miuccia Prada is one heck of a variable designer. She'll show spikes and studs on charcoal suits one season, bold colours and double denim the next. Just when you think you might have an inkling as to where she's going, she'll smack you in the face with a collection so leftfield that you'll be more than a little bemused as you attempt to unravel the mysteries within. Welcome to my world.
Prada Fall 2011 may have been inspired by jockeys – there were jodhpur-esque trousers, shiny lurex stretch tops and diamonds reminiscent of those worn by small men on horses. It might have been influenced by New Jersey Wiseguys – you can imagine those zip-up tracksuits on a bunch of low level mobsters sitting around a smoky bar. Or perhaps it was golf – those long shorts bore a vague resemblance to skinny plus-fours.
But of course, none of that explains the boxy blazers or the coats that were large enough to hide an extra body below the surface. Or the predominance of drop-shoulder polo shirts in a smorgasbord of colours and patterns, or the glittery vee neck/tee shirt twinsets. For answers to those questions and more, I'd refer you to writers with decades more experience than me.
What I can do, is tell you what I liked: The sheer, black, drop-shoulder polo shirt; the boxy leather satchels in browns and blues; the black suede blazer with maroon diamonds on the chest; the glittery blue lurex polo shirts; the orange and maroon diamond blazer; and the ochre suede trousers.
So there we have it.
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