Just when you think you have Miuccia Prada figured out, think again. For F/W 10, she found inspiration in the fact that, “There’s everything conceivable around us, and I thought the coolest thing would be to do something normal.” In one her most commercially appealing collections in years, the clothes that came out on the multi-colored “Lego land” of a runway were somewhat rooted in the clean silhouettes of all-American sportswear of the 70s, with a bit of early 60s mod felt in the neat double-breasted jackets and slim continental pants. Sweaters were slightly shrunken and often worn under camel overcoats or blazers. Belted melange cardigans presented yet another successful “sweater as outerwear” option for the season. Every now and then, a Prada-esque version of a camouflage pattern was seen on outerwear, a much-needed dose of whimsy to the mostly solid-colored collection. The great thing about Ms. Prada is that she always gives us a dose of medicine to cure a problem we didn’t even know we had — in this case, a calm counterbalance to the free-form mixing of influences from the last couple of seasons.

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