There will be no fear come February, when the spring collections land, of not being able to find a good coat. A warm, cosy coat at that. More and more, designers are putting clothes on the catwalk that tally with the season in which they land in-store. i.e. February; i.e. winter.
If perchance, you might be in the market for a late Sixties/early Seventies version, Miu Miu is your go-to. Single breasted, gently A-lined, with huge glossy buttons and generous patch pockets they came, one after the other in various pastel colour blocked combinations and a host of fabrications, from cady to suede to python, to the warmest and most luxurious mink versions in hues of sea foam turquoise, poppy red, and palest violet.
This was a collection where pastels jived with brights. In fact, colours were so imaginatively clashed it had a got-dressed-in-the-dark feeling about it – in a good way – and that neatly chimed with the trippy mood Miuccia Prada had going on this afternoon, a point she hammered home via towering platforms, school-girl tights, and retro prints placed on pockets or repeated over long-sleeved silky day dresses.
Her print catalogue was far ranging: a plump goldfish leaping out of a bowl, a cartoonish cat’s face, a stylised parrot and long stemmed florals that had a whiff of Art Nouveau about them. All of which, it turns out, were transferred onto wallpaper to plaster the walls of her show venue.
The wonderful world of Miu Miu is a fun place to inhabit, even the chairs are novel. Show goers were seated on pyramid sponge that looked like sound proofing, wooden garden chairs were done up in flocked upholstery, there were lounge-y beds of blue velvet and benches were hand painted in florals.
After hours, the evening looks are enough to send a Miu Miu girl’s heart pounding. A series of little slip dresses streamed in sequins and beaded tassels evocative of showgirl costumes. Others, were more Belle Époque meets Eighties disco-style: ruched and wrapped in a velvet ribbon.
In recent seasons Miuccia Prada has favoured a more grown up sensibility, but this afternoon it was back to joie de vivre.
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