On the Miu Miu soundtrack, the iconic Talking Heads songs “Burning Down The House” and “Once In A Lifetime” blasted through the show venue. But maybe a better sonographic metaphor might have been something from The Clash. Because that is what this collection was all about — clashing fashion together.
Designer Miuccia Prada created a dissonant and dramatic collection that had colors, patterns and textiles doing battle across classic silhouettes. And in doing so, she was able to bring a bit of cool rupture to clothing that would have looked banal in the hands of any other designer.
This candy-colored smorgasbord show looked as if the models had stepped right out of a 1950s version of a Dr. Seuss Whoville children’s book. But as playful as the big buttoned checked coats and plastic-looking coated python bits were, they also had an appealing toxicity about them. These women might look like they meant to have a good time, but watch out — they take their fun very seriously.
While the puff short-sleeved perforated knit sweaters, ruffle bib tops and thick skirts cut high on the waist might be a bridge too far for most, the coats — and there were a ton of them — will fly out of stores next season. As will the many Miu Miu handbags and wide variety of shoes on offer in the show (the pointy, buckle toe low heels and the braided handle bags were true standouts).
In what ostensibly was the last show of a month-long marathon of fashion shows, Prada seared her Miu Miu collection into the minds of fashion editors. With this lineup, she was able to have the fall/winter 2015 ready-to-wear season end on a high (almost shrill) note.