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Prada’s Crystal Modernism

Godfrey Deeny
February 24th, 2012 @ 00:30 AM - Milan

The single most influential fashion designer in the past 15 years has been Miuccia Prada. And her fall 2012 women's ready-to-wear collection shown on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 24, in Milan will inspire waves of admiration and provoke a multitude of women to dress and buy the rather revolutionary looks she offered up, even if this, ultimately, was Prada a couple of points off her A Game.

Opulent and rife with baroque modernism, this collection will be remembered for the crystal encrustations that looked as if they had clambered all over the sleek coats and jackets that Prada sent out.

Despite all the decoration, the key to the collection was the tailoring. Every second look featured a coat - 19th century tailcoats with dazzling sleeves, mini wrap coats, sleek courtiers coats bursting with purple jewels or big sleeve Eisenhower jackets.

"It was about women feeling important, not about feeling powerful," explained Prada, before thanking her tailoring atelier boss profusely in the backstage.

"Without her, we could never have done this collection," insisted the designer, whose runway was a giant carpet. It was exactly the same style as the carpet used in last month's Prada men's show, except this time it came in Roman Imperial purple; the guy's version was fire-engine red.

Finished with big, retro buttons and encrusted like a Raja's turban with scores of jewels, these were eye-catching clothes throughout. Yet, though an exceptional fashion statement, the collection was a tad too repetitive, as if it lacked a final gear.

The other key element was the zigzag prints, which made up a good third of the collection .

As ever at Prada, the designer broke new ground with several new shoe styles that will be highly influential. In particular, a new thin-heeled shoe with massive rubber forward, many done in white or caramel almost like blobs of ice cream, just like the pair the designer herself wore backstage.

She also plastered crystal flowers and embellishments all over a great series of new bags clutches, totes and weekend bag.

Adding to the sense of a fashion moment, the high-powered casting appeared in Goth hairstyles, dyed and hyper straightened. So, these young ladies acted - as the designer wished - as self-assured and important, and not just powerful. Let's face it, after her Spring 2012 auto-inspired blockbuster collection, la Miuccia had to dial it down a notch.

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