February 23, 2006

Milan Fall / Winter 2006 Wrapup II

Prada
Prada is one of the few shows that I really anticipate each season, and that is because to us normal civilians, Prada is the 'expect the unexpected' show. We, well at least I, can never guess which direction Miuccia will be heading next. And it was certainly a suprise of the sudden change in direction -right into the jungles. I usually hate loud, jungle-influenced clothes, but good thing Miuccia is the queen of the subtle luxuries. She somehow manages to mix jungle influences,
such as wild-looking fur and leopard prints onto garments without being overbearing or slutty. Although there was one exception: a particularly ugly coat with fur only on the sleeves, (I didn't post it because I didn't like it.) Who would ever have thought the words jungle and IQ can be in the same picutre?
But what I love most the most about this Prada collection (and Prada in general) is the collaboration of style and intelligence. This collection is not only for looking sexy, pretty nor rich, but as Miuccia calls it 'go back to strength and the sober side.'
The color palette is in every sense sober -black, grey, dark green and navy. To liven up the collection a bit, there were a few dark, metallic pieves. Prada nylon raincoats and sportswear were reworked and now even more stylish. And instead of mono-fabric, each coat had isolated patches of fur, such as the collars, the sleeves and even the back. Many tops were corset-like, or had a exterior bra on them -perhaps the sign of smart, feminine couture?
As for accessories, belts are still a must-have. The bags continue to big like last season, except next season with even more luxurious material such as fur and exotic skins. Many models walked out carrying books by her side, but take a closer look and you will also see shiny and studded clutches. The oh-so-lovely Prada shoes were platform high mary-janes -some of plain leather, some with studs, and some with detailed prints.
And finally, how to look stylishly smart next season? A clean face with plum-stained lips.

Emilio Pucci
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Suddenly we are all more aware of Pucci than before -thanks to its new creative director Mathew Williamson. Apart from vague impressions of mulit-color prints, I really have no idea what Pucci's typical style is. And this collection while I don't completely feel the Pucci 'feel', there are a lot of pretty, individual pieces. The whole collection felt like a whirlwind of purple, grey, black and white, changing back and forth from a mono-color outfit to another pschodelico-printed dress and then to pretty, girly dresses. I loved the dresses -so wearable and can be both casual or dressy. And look at those little fur collar scarves and ribbons around the waists -totally adorable!

Marni
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Marni this season is very... Marni -beautiful and elegant in an artistic, imperfect way. Blue and grey were the dominant colors, with frequent spots of dusty pink, ivory-peach, red and brown. There were too many simple, gorgeous tops and skirts to list here, and sometimes they look ordinary in photos, but you will fall in love with them when you see them in stores. The white belt and black elbow-length gloves are the must-own accessories for the Marni woman next season.

12 Comments:

Blogger Barneys Girl said...

Prada and Marni are very Prada and Marni. I really liked what Matthew Williamson did with Pucci. Before their designs were just so monotonous that they've never even merit a mention. But this collection, while still keeping the pucci feel, is much more subtle, wearable and different. Can definitely see Matthew's touch in it.

2/23/2006 7:11 AM  
Blogger colon said...

I'm really loving prada's latest collection. I think that Marc was trying to convey the same in his collection but just wasnt able to execute as well as miuccia. I dunno,just my 2 cents worth.


You're right, Marni is still very Marni. The makeup is horrid though!


Can't wait for the Paris shows!!

2/23/2006 10:15 AM  
Blogger fashionasian said...

agreed on the makeup. whats up with that? I cant wait till fall again. Spring Schming!

2/23/2006 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The make up from Marni is really horrible!

2/23/2006 3:22 PM  
Blogger Mrs. de Winter said...

Well, I love Prada collection, but Pucci´s one? It´s horrible. I prefer Christian-Lacroix-Pucci style, I think it was the really Pucci style.

2/23/2006 9:16 PM  
Blogger Asian Lep said...

Pucci is retarded.

Am glad Miuccia recovered from whatever it was that made her produce such a horrible collection last season.

2/25/2006 11:48 AM  
Anonymous tania, rogue connect said...

Marni has some great pieces and accessories, but overall it's a little too shapeless for me...

2/25/2006 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering if anyone knows where I can get the sweater that Logan wore in the episode "Vineyard Valentine". It was a red sweater (half zip front) with a black stripe along the arms. I love it and would like to get one for my husband. Any help from anyone would be very much appreciated.

2/27/2006 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel the demure simplicty of Pradas fall collection is refreshing considering this summer has been all about the boho-chic world travler look which means caking on jewelery, handbags etc. and has become tiring and predictable.

7/31/2006 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what has matthew williamson done? such a travesty to pucci! this collection is so boring it even put my dogs to sleep. bring christian lacroix back of the house of pucci or it will soon become the house of usher!sorry edgar allan poe...

9/23/2006 8:35 PM  
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