Miuccia Prada is a storyteller. From the garments to the soundtrack, everything in her shows is part of her storytelling arsenal, and this season she told a story of strength. An industrial setting consisting of metal scaffolding and dreary gray felt floors and a live orchestra that accompanied a performance by German singer and actress Barbara Sukowa set the scene for a collection that spoke volumes about the Prada woman.
Prada steered clear of anything too “pretty”, omitting the use of lace or any sort of embellishment.
It is no secret that Miuccia designs with a specific woman in mind, and that woman, so to speak, demonstrates sexiness through intellect and strength, rather than through her body. In keeping with that, Prada presented a Fall/Winter 2014 collection that omitted any kind of figure-hugging silhouette. Instead, the garments were baggier – like the chevron-patterned sweaters – and layered, almost hiding the female form. Geometric prints added strength, dimensionality, and structure to 1930s-inspired knee-length dresses, and the more revealing pieces in the collection, like a revealing V-neck dress, were styled over sleeveless jumpers. What of the sheer organza slips, you might ask? Miuccia took a garment that, in its essence, is very sexy and paired it with almost-masculine briefs baring the same geometric print as the dresses.
The fabrics were the most interesting part of the story. Prada steered clear of anything too “pretty”, omitting the use of lace or any sort of embellishment, and opted instead for oversized outerwear made from leather and shaggy shearling. She played with the different fabrics, at times combining leather and shearling on her organza slips. Satin dresses were paired with wedged rubber boots – the particular heel being the accessory story of the collection. Plastic Mary Janes and metallic sandals were supported by an industrial-looking heel that was made to resemble plaques of metal welded together. The perfect support for the strong Prada woman.
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