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Prada’s Priests in Argyle Lurex Socks

Godfrey Deeny
January 17th, 2011 @ 00:27 AM - Milan

Will men wear Lurex Argyle-style diamond pattern socks to work, or even lunch or dinner? Miuccia Prada certainly thinks they should, sending out a half dozen neatly attired models in her latest men’s show wearing the socks in question.

Appearing Sunday evening, Jan. 16, on the latest runway set-up in Prada’s Milan headquarters – a bizarre yet beautiful duplex catwalk with clever theatrical lighting - the models strutted by in the aforementioned metallic yarn socks, worn with ergonomic shoes and short trousers cut off at the knee, finished with cuffs and buttons. The designer also employed the color diamond patterns in suede swing coats and soft collared bomber jackets, adding to the posh retro sentiment.

Ironically there was a religious air throughout the show from the deacon’s plus twos to the priestly band collar shirts and the perfectly coiffed, scholastic hairstyles. The saintly moon was deliberately contrasted by the soundtrack – DJ Frederic Sanchez played a raucous mix of AC/DC heavy metal hits.

The contrast continued in the sleek leather jerkins and car coats in calf or lamb skin worn with shiny shorts and cashmere v-neck knits. Here, the juxtaposition between priestly and posh punk was never more in evidence.

Presented on a chilly foggy evening in Italy’s fashion capital, this fall 2011 collection was the best summation of the whole new forgiving silhouette marching through Milan - far wider sleeves, broader chest cuts and generally more looser approach. However, the finest tailoring technique was the use of new sculpted trousers, cut narrow at the ankle and with a flared curve about the knee.

Shown most elegantly in some putty and rust hued suede, these pants all looked contemporary and spruce. They were also the most elegant garments in a very pretty collection and show, though one that never quite convinced the audience that Lurex socks will be winners this fall at retail.

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