Miuccia Prada discovers sex in Milan

24 September 2008

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There's one certainty about Milan Fashion Week - that the Prada show will make a serious fashion statement - and this year was no exception. Ultra feminine fabrics (crushed silks and superfine cashmere) worked into a silhouette that revealed a lot of skin (bra tops and low slung skirts showing bare midriffs and dresses artfully falling off shoulders).  Colours ranged from tobacco browns and matt blacks to a finale floursh with five dresses made from crushed gold metallic foil. Prints were more naturalistic and ranged from naively drawn little fish to a  sophisticated snakeskin and a hint of hi tech in a pixellated grid. Make-up and hair were immaculately womanly: sculpted French pleats finishing in quaffs and nude faces highlighted with iridescent gloss.

It was all quite steamy for a label that generally leaves the sex appeal to the other Italian shows. Dresses and skirts held together with drawstrings looked like they'd need just a tiny tug to have the whole thing come tumbling down. They didn't but as the models struggled to walk in divine but impossibly high hand-spun heels to a laconic soundtrack of early Elvis blues, three took a tumble themselves. The tension was palpable but the crowd cheered encouragement as they got back up and carried on. It was easily the most anticipated show in Milan and Prada's model baby women gave the city much to talk about over dinner.  What do you think?  Check out the key looks below and give us your feedback on the Prada show.


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