Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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CHERRY BLOSSOM GIRL
Milan: Miuccia Prada is never one to dwell on a theme. Last season’s kaleidoscopic prints and the previous collection’s hot rod babes were cast aside in favor of Japanese-inspired precision and restraint, tempered with crafty elements. Prada does Comme des Garçons, if you will. The show began with a series of sharply tailored black sheaths and skirt suits, all marked with simple, white cherry blossoms. There were mod miniskirts, with side slits that exposed even more leg, but high jewel necklines counteracted the skin show with a dose of modesty. The lucky models wore Japanese tabi socks, while the others donned precariously clunky geta platforms, as they descended the steep staircase onto the runway. Exquisite astrakhan and plush fur coats were dotted with childlike flowers, which made them feel less serious, but there was nothing funny about the origami folding exhibited in the final looks. It was masterful and purely elegant. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Stacked / A-line / Hourglass
Color: Black / Pure white / Vibrant red / Mossy green / Royal purple / Dark chocolate / Mint / Pale pink
Key Items: Fur coats with flowers / Flower embellished sheaths / Origami separates / A-line miniskirts
Materials: Double-faced satin / Silk shantung / Plush fur / Astrakhan / Ribbed engineered knits
Print + Pattern: Kimono florals / Cherry blossoms
Details + Trim: Origami folding / Crafty flower appliqués / High jewel necklines / Pieced printed panels / Pressed front creases
Accessories + Footwear: Enamel bracelets / Flower-embellished top-handle bags / Fur evening bags / Chain strap evening bags / Color blocked totes / Leather tabi socks / Platform geta sandals
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