If there is one thing that Miuccia Prada seems to love, it is contradiction. The push and pull of opposites that creates a tension via color, pattern or preconceived connotations about clothing is where she thrives. Her latest Miu Miu collection clearly reiterated this fact.
Prada used, in general, pretty classic silhouettes. Lean skirts, boxy jackets, straight calf-length coats and ruffle-hemmed dresses. Clean shapes that were then cut from vibrant graphic-patterned fabrics or sheer materials to make the familiar designs look edgy.
Next came the layering. Another of the designer’s favorite instrument of distortion, which saw different patterns, clashing colors and fabrics crash up against each for a sartorial cacophony that has now become a Miu Miu signature style. And while the shear ruffled nightgown-style dresses are going to be a hard sell, all the leather jackets with colorful chevron inserts down the front will have a large fan base. Ditto the high-waisted slim skirts.
But Miu Miu’s bread and butter is its highly successful quirky accessories. Here Prada excelled this season with some fantastically audacious Glam Rock platform boots, a selection of bondage ballet flats and trippy Victorian-inspired lace-up pointy boots. The bags too were a colorful lot that found a sweet spot mélange of lady-like and idiosyncratic. But it’s going to be the furs, both the colorful stoles and the more aspirationally-inspired striped “raccoon” fur tails, which accented a large portion of the ensembles, that were this collection’s highlight accessories (with those Glam Rock boots a close second).
This was a solid Miu Miu show. It gave the brand's devoted clientele more of what they love so much about this house – desirable discordant designs.