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Prada’s Carmen Miranda Baroque

Godfrey Deeny
September 24th, 2010 @ 00:59 AM - Milan

In the latest show from Prada, it was all about quirky Latin American luxury in the most original fashion moment so far on the one-month long series of spring 2011 collections, which has just reached the halfway point.

Miuccia Prada, who unveiled her ideas on Thursday, Sept. 23, in Milan, went way down south this season, referencing Brazilian bombshell actress Carmen Miranda and American jazz singer Josephine Baker in a series of luxe yet artily subversive clothes. Prada is usually the bellwether show in the industry, and given the quality of this collection, will most likely be the most influential again this season.

The designer used a whole array of eye-twisting new fabrics, most importantly a baroque print, representing curly stucco twists, cherubs, monkeys and pineapples, which Miranda famously wore on her head. There were also bananas, the raw material for the legendary skirt Baker used when dancing in a Paris cabaret.

“It was about Latin ladies, but in an unconventional way - and them enjoying on a great vacation,” explained Prada, who wore a pair of banana earrings, “which I liked a lot, though we edited them off the runway.”

Keeping the steamy south-of-the-border theme, Prada sent out horizontal broad stripe tops and jackets, boldly chic nautical colors the designer replicated in fur throws and stoles and a series of beachside totes.

The designer also set a new agenda with her footwear, most notably some brilliantly bizarre platforms that combined brogues, espadrilles, brothel creepers and geisha girl finish all in one pair. Prada remains a super organized and coherent designer, as these were a lady like revamp of the shoes she showed this past June in her men’s collection.

Her color palette was gutsy – tropical greens, hothouse pinks, indigo blue, like the show invitation, and fresh orange, like the seats the house has built in its new bleacher-like seating. Once again, they were the same hues she used in her June men’s show, which also contained nautical stripe looks.

Finished with sombreros and large sunglasses trimmed in twisting baroque shapes, this was the latest example of Prada setting the agenda in fashion – right down to the color palette of her after-show cocktail, with lemon daiquiris and miniature sandwiches in the same color as the clothes. Talk about taking care of detail.

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