There are few materials more diametrically opposed than plastic and knit. One is manmade and synthetic, while the other is organic and provided by a cute woolly mammal. One is stiff and unyielding, while the other is supple and capable of taking many forms. Having said that, Fall/Winter 2014 saw Miu Miu designer Miuccia Prada marrying the two adverse elements in a union that was incredibly compatible. The first half of the show underscored its softer side, with athletic pastel separates that were youthful and charming. Weather conditions were a concern at Fashion Month, and they’re a concern at Miu Miu too. Designs borrowed from ski suits, raincoats, and galoshes, which provided plenty of stylish options that were practical as well. Prada showed a fantastic assortment of wool outerwear, quilted mini dresses, and parkas in a variety of strong monochrome looks and twee shades of powder blue and baby pink. From those plush origins, Prada began to introduce tougher materials and metallic brocades – a sign that the aforementioned union was nigh. After adding a nylon parka collar to a shaggy cow-printed fur coat, she showed a bubbly knit, mini jumper in a wonderful shade of lawn green; the hemline was trimmed in a panel of blue plastic.
From there she topped a red collegiate cardigan with a plastic skirt, which was shot through with grommets, and paired plastic raincoats with silky shifts, sweater-dresses, and brocade frocks that had plastic necklines. The balance of each look was well measured, never crossing the line into gaudy or gauche. For the upcoming season, Miu Miu finds new ways to bring utility to your wardrobe while keeping your look fresh, innovative, and ahead of the curve.
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