By Yana Sybiga
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Prada? Some words that strike through my mind are creativity, originality, extravagance, novelty, and hit of the season. These are things Miuccia Prada introduced into the DNA of the brand a long time ago and kept ever since. Her fall/winter 2014 ready-to-wear women’s collection is further proof of that.
Miuccia herself says that her inspiration came from German avant-garde culture, particularly from a 1972 film The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. Avant-garde always implies something unexpected, away from our usual vision of something. It is always pushing the boundaries of existing things and makes progress. One can definitely see that in Prada’s collection: clothes that first seem ridiculous actually have a complicated design and a lot of original details to them.
I can see those multiple layers of her transparent dresses, color-blocked oversized fur jackets and geometrically asymmetric prints becoming future trends of the season. Prada’s accessories deserve special attention: those rubber boots, sandals, whose platform is reminiscent of building framework, leather satchel-like bags with handles made from big chains – they are all going to be “editor’s picks” in the next fall/winter season.
Prada has always been a major trendsetter in fashion and one of the most influential fashion houses in the world. And its latest show, once again, proved that this image is going to last for a while.