Miu Miu

: While the Prada show last week paid homage to 50s glamour, Miu Miu’s spring collection seemed to be more of a meditation on austerity. Drab A-line skirts and puffy-sleeved button-ups were the picture of piousness; peeks of the midriff in between delivered the perverse twist that Miuccia Prada does so well. The pallid palette and forms subtly evolved into more expressive but, nonetheless, humble exercises. Dresses with smocked waists and bubbly hems seemed to be salvaged from curtains; stiff laces and patchworks of floral-printed remnants pulled elsewhere from the interiors of a country cottage. Little Red Riding Hood-style capes and pail-like handbags completed the scene of innocent country maiden frolicking through the woods. While the concept came across a bit too clumsy and awkward on the onset, the more fully-developed satin skirts, lace dresses and off-the-shoulder swing coats in its dénouement managed to convey the naïve charm with polish and sophistication. – Nivara Xaykao

Silhouette: A-line / Off the shoulder

Color: Faded denim / Burgundy / Scarlet / Goldenrod / Tulip pink / Periwinkle

Key Items: Midriff top / High-waisted A-line skirt / Off-the-shoulder coat / Drawstring stole / Shirtdress

Print + Pattern: Baroque wallpaper florals / Apron ditsies / Stamped bouquets

Materials: Chambray / Curtain lace / Velvet / Duchesse satin

Details + Trim: Fabric patchwork / Long leg o’ mutton sleeves / Lingerie details / Smocking

Accessories + Footwear: Velvet mules / Rockabilly boots / Fur stoles / Pail bags

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