Sunday the 24th of January marked the day that men’s fashion weeks bowed out after fashion cities Milan and Paris, played host to an advent of exhilarating runway shows. Out of many well noted designers, Prada stood for yet another unpredictable and refreshing collection.
Innovation is the most suited adjective to describe Prada, a label fronted by Miuccia Prada, who doesn’t have a set template for the company that her father founded. The only red thread aligning all collections is their remarkable desirability. For fall-winter 2010/2011, the collection dictates that men should wear short-waisted cardigans that look like they have been sourced from Michelle Obama’s closet, or spent a few minutes too many a tumble dryer.
Nevertheless, Prada loyalists are accustom to bold androgyny highlights in the men’s collections. Faint images of the bewildering miniskirts for men in the autumn 2008 collection are still imprinted at the back of my retina – and are unlikely to be washed away by the tears of joy evoked by this brightly coloured collection.
It’ is 1960s inspired -- but not blatantly so. Comical eye lashes modelled by the famous Twiggy have played no role in presenting the fabulous line of outfits. The only references to the decade of the past are subtle upside down-funnel shaped silhouettes and pastel colours tastefully amplified with vibrancy. Dual collars on jackets will ensure no gusty autumn winds carrying fallen leafs, will send cold chills down the spine. Unforgettable, the catalogue of multi-coloured coats brought to life with mesmerizing prints will radiate warm, happy sprits and positivity unlike most recent runway collection from this Italian fashion house. On the feet, flat dolly shoes with flaps will keep you walking pretty until it’s time to get the winter boots out.