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Paris: With a soundtrack that switched between electronic music, clips of women talking about movie stars and bits of the theme song from American Idol, Miuccia Prada seemed to be commenting on today’s celeb-obsessed, attention-span-deprived culture. “I was thinking about everybody’s obsession with being famous,” she said after the show. The eye-popping neons, shiny metallics and pieced leathers seem to scream, “Look at me!” while decorated leather jackets were part Art Nouveau, part Elvis in Las Vegas, with lotus flower, swan and star motifs. Prada sent out some of her favorite styles – pleated skirts with a subtle A-line shape, satin dresses with a soft flare and boxy jackets and tops – and stuck with them throughout the entire show, leaving pants off the list this season. She added interest to her classic styles with extended shoulders, oversized or micro star prints and color blocking; openwork leather appliqués decorated necklines and layered leather stars appeared for skirts. A snake motif added a darker element, perhaps referencing the temptations that come with acclaim. But Prada didn’t seem to make a judgment – she explored fame in both its positive (neon lights, glamour) and negative (temptation, excess) sides, each making for captivating fashion.

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