Prada Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2011 Milan

Astonishing. Never in our lives could we have anticipated wanting a plastic goldfish dress topped with a fake fur Dandelion helmet bottomed by suede and python knee high boots. It all sounds completely implausible. Yet, while the voice of Ingmar Bergman prefaced singing by Greta Garbo and the second half of the Prada catwalk show unfurled, there they were, looks no.31 and 33. Quite surreal. 

How cute/funny/warm that Dandelion helmet could be next winter. How interesting might it feel to wear a plastic Koi fishscale dress and what mood would the texture, weight and movement bring? How much fun would it be to meet friends in a Munsta dress, nick-named due to the fake Wookie-esque fur. In this collection there’s lots of choice for girls who enjoy daring themselves and their friends with an exploratory, fun sense of fashion.

If the theme of Miuccia Prada’s show was to muse on animal skins, real or fake (similar to Marc Jacobs AW11/12 show where fish scales were made from Lurex discs) then those outfits that did were a success. The fake fur ensembles looked genuinely cool - want! With panelled skins across the boots a trompe l'oeil was achieved blurring lines between human and animal skin. Elsewhere there were snakeskin print raincoats in acid bright colours and woollen dresses where giant plaid met Mondrian. Everything was accessorized with handbags that were clutched to the hip or tinted sunglasses that sampled ideas from ski or scuba eye-wear.

Soundtrack: Sparks, The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman featuring actors playing the roles of Bergman and Garbo.

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