Two disparate worlds collided in Miuccia Prada’s Spring 2013 collection, the poetic, feminine world of a Japanese geisha contrasted by the toughness of every modern day woman.
Today to “dream is forbidden, nostalgia is forbidden, to be too sweet is not good. Everything we used to feel historically, now you can’t enjoy. The clothes are the expression of this impossible dream” stated Prada.
The show opened with a short black duchess satin dress with two stenciled, off center daisies worn with geisha-like platform sandals. A black sheared fur, surely an uncommon look for spring was featured in a knee length, balmacaan coat with white fur daisy shaped insets, a box purse and gold leather tabi socks. Prada also offered the opposite extreme in a white sheared fur with red daisies worn over a short white satin skirt and sandals with socks. The models sported bright red lips and messy hair, making them look tough and severe.
Some of the coats were transformed into angular wraps, alluding to a literal Japanese inspiration. Jackets slid around the shoulder much like Judo jackets in duchesse satin decorated with singular flowers that resembled Warhol’s child like daisies. The flowers seemed to provide a sweetness to the austere angular shapes. Prada stated “I tried to mix them together, because this is mainly what women have to deal with in reality. Prada’s collection referenced kimonos with folds and pleats resembling Japanese origami, many of which were paired with geisha wood block platform sandals in varying heights that came in white, pastel pink, black and red.
The Japanese component was an after thought, though it was a theme that helped to reconcile the challenges of being a woman today, the power, sex, artifice and toughness necessary to succeed in today’s world. The dark spirit of the collection seemed to evoked the mixed emotions of yearning for a more innocent era and the inevitable realization that this utopian dream seems out of grasp for most women today.
Sandals with socks, tights or tucked in leg warmers, Is this a trend or a fad? They first appeared in London, then Milan and now Paris. Hosiery makers stand to make a killing. Designers like MAN by Agi & Sam, Burberry Prorsum, Versace, Prada, Rick Owens, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Mugler are leading the way.
Here are some of our favorite shoes from the Spring/Summer 2012 runway shows. Shoes with an abundance of character and personality for anyone who loves shoes. For those who want to make a statement this season, look no further, these unique designs will be noticed a mile away.
Haider Ackerman’s Spring 2012 tapered-toe oxford is folded down into a slipper in a gold paisley print set against a royal blue background. The ornamental brocade adds a luxe dimension.
How can I describe my relationship with Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2012 collection? Completely obsessed! This masquerade of Japanese tattoo-inspired design in cerulean blue against a nude (skin tone) background give these heel-less shoes an dramatic twist.
Prada turned up the heat with hot rod heels, adding flare to her 50’s inspired designs for Spring 2012. A sling-back heel with flamed wings and vintage taillights make these outrageous stilettos a Miuccia classic.
Louis Vuitton reinvented the iconic pointed-toe mule with a contemporary slant, adding a silver capped toe to powdery blue leather. To the right, the multi-strap with navy blue stripes give these shoes a subtle complexity.
Balenciaga’ python snakeskin booties with their spike-winged detail, add an urban edge to any look this season. Wear these shoes with shorts to give your outfit the wow factor at any summer soiree.
There’s something undeniably alluring about Yves Saint Laurent’s candy pink pumps. These stunning shoes with a bolted gold shield plate add a touch of lady-like sophistication to a Spring/Summer wardrobe.
Alexander McQueen’s mesmerizing coral sandals deserve a runway of their own. I adore the gladiator style glamour and curvy heel, not to mention the exquisite coral beading that resembles an underwater reef.
Prabal Gurung’s corset stilettos with multiple straps have a hint of dominatrix while the mesh façade gives them an athletic appeal.
Marc Jacobs gave a fresh kick to his Spring 2012 runway with lace-up wedge sneakers. Casual sportswear color blocking and hidden heels make this shoe ingenious and fun.
Donatella’s sky-high lucite platform sandals with gold studs are the perfect accompaniment to her underwater inspired theme for spring/summer. Donatella says these siren shoes, “are comfortable because they are wedges.”
Miuccia’s styling prowess never ceases to delight. Structured color blocked silk satin swimsuits exude the confidence of a modern day pinup when paired with decadent crystal-encrusted belts, statement earrings and bags, but the jaw-dropping moment came from the 3-D sling-backs sporting fantastic metallic flamed wings.
Miuccia Prada has great taste in fashion, music, and film. Her most recent venture into film was premiered at Cannes Film Festival this past Monday. Prada worked with director Roman Pulanski to create a short film, “A Therapy,” casting the beautiful and talented Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Kingsley.
As with film, Miuccia’s musical taste holds true to the Prada image. This is seen in her latest ad campaign. We have cut Prada’s Spring 2012 collection to showcase two versions of “Tunnel of Love” that embody the retro clothing of the 50s Grease Lighting and Western twang.
Prada Spring 2012 Collection
Music: Dirt (Feat Aesop Rock) By Tobacco, “Funnel of Love” by Slow Motion Centerfold, “Funnel of Love” by Duck and Cover
Prada screened a short film, A Therapy, directed by Roman Polanski, at Cannes last night. Helena Bonham Carter plays a Prada-clad patient who plunges into her problems to her therapist, Ben Kingsley. Hilarious and beautifully acted by two of the best actors on the planet. Got to give it to Miuccia Prada, she has excellent taste in clothes and film.
Miu Miu Fall 2012 Backstage Beauty