Prada proved why it's an industry trendsetter in a perfectly executed S/S '16 collection
If you really wanted to boil it down: Miuccia's vision this season was pretty simple: boxy coats and dresses ruled the runway (yes, there were no trousers to be seen). But of course, this is Prada and things are never that straightforward. It's fitting that a designer so intellectual in her approach and so influential in scope can manage to turn some tried and true formulas on their head and make them seem somehow fresh and innovative.
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Graphic stripes and tweed may be a staple in many women's wardrobes, but we've never seen them implemented quite like this - patchworked leather, suede and fur cobbled into coats and suits, or houndstooth and checks reimagined as feature panels on skirts. Same goes for organza - it's not exactly the first time we've seen a sheer skirt walk the runway, but layered over the top of an outfit or turned into a patterned skirt suit? That's really something new.
The collection closed with a series of stunning paillette-embellished coats and transparent silk organza dresses overlaid with delicate mesh pieces - luxe touches that remind us why Prada is both a fashion editor and red carpet stylist's dream. And as always, Miucci's shoe and bag contribution was quirky, covetable and art-world inspired. Looks like we'll be wearing mid-heel two-tone sandals and pointed-toe flats for next summer. Who knows, maybe we'll even be wearing oversized bauble earrings, too?