Prada’s F/W 2012 collection was another tour de force, as Navajo/PopArt inspired geometric prints, tailored and bejeweled, embroidered and chunky took the spotlight. There were the obligatory black pieces, all embellished with crystals and plexiglass chips, but color was the main attraction here: mustards, blues, and indigo’s. Dresses and skirts over slim pants, stiff military inspired long tailored belted jackets, some empire, some high-waisted, and vests; all pieces were different versions of color and prints of the geometric motifs, all layered over skirts and ankle length trousers.
The compulsory doctor bags came printed, and the season’s perfect shoe, the color blocked platform creepers, was done in a high heeled Mary Jane version. This season, however, she showed them with a bit of a pointier toe. Hair was ombre, tip dyed, very cool with the jet black eyes and orange/yellow eyebrows and white/cream cheeks. This woman is sexy without showing too much skin and tough enough to indulge her vulnerabilities. Backstage Miuccia stated, “I’m sick of theory. This collection is about the pleasure of fashion”, and this cacophony of color, print and embellishment somehow strangely becomes a seductive, celebration of quality, craftsmanship and eternal chicness, coveted for seasons to come.