Miuccia Prada took her fashion house’s latest collection to a new space where the feminine Belle Époque meets with modernist sporty cuts in nylon with industrial grommets. The looks flowed from structured sport to floating transparency in delicately light and airy creations. Creating a tension and fusion between feminine sensuality and techy sportiness, Prada‘s looks danced from heavy on the nylon to metallic dancing under light sheer layers, to major print moments.
After full athlux moments with some major sleeve action and the best Art Nouveau sport knee socks I’ve ever seen (well, the only ones I’ve ever seen), the collection morphed into more sheer feminine moments with movement. Plissé, scalloped, or feathered skirts were combined with layered tops, creating an almost burlesque feel underneath with more structured and opaque crops overtop. Pops of created faux neckline shirting details and sequin collars, shoulders, and necklines evoked imagery of the indulgence of the period.
The show took a pause for a little intermezzo of print work and more structured pieces – jacketing was off the shoulder; skirting was penciled and lushly textured; print work was ethereal and billowing on tunic and pant pieces that had an Orientalist perspective of the 1900’s.
From there, we found the final looks were a full on explosion of Belle Époque decorative arts, with sparkling embellishments in outlined designs atop the sheer overlays. Seriously gorgeous.