Milan: Miuccia Prada has explored the 1960s in recent seasons, including her S/S 10 Miu Miu collection and Prada’s Pre-Fall 2010. As the designer is known for consistently pushing the envelope, it was a bit of a surprise that she would return to the decade this season, but it seems she had something new to say. Dropped waists and straight silhouettes captured a 60s-does-20s attitude and gave looks a girlish innocence, while ultra-luxe materials like python and fur balanced it out with sophistication. Grid-like prints, color blocking and blown-up plaids might be a nod to YSL’s iconic Mondrian dress, while pavé plastic discs that looked like fish scales were strikingly similar to Marc Jacobs’ latex scales in New York (and may be a reference to Paco Rabanne’s seminal “plastic disc” dress of 1968). Always a strong point at Prada, accessories were a highlight – knee-high boots featured piecing that created trompe l’oeil Mary Janes, ladylike handbags were clutched at the chest, oversized square sunglasses had pale plastic frames, and swimcap-inspired headgear gave looks a quirky touch. While the collection didn’t necessarily cover any new ground, Miuccia Prada’s always innovative spirit made Mod feel fresh again.

Color: Pale pink / Teal / True red / Lime green / Camel / Burgundy / Mustard / Sky blue / Black / White

Key Items: Dropped-shoulder coats / Drop-waisted shifts / Pavé disc pieces / Printed straight skirt

Materials: Organza / Double-faced wool / Python / Fur

Details + Trim: Plastic disc paillettes / Fur collars / Self-belts / Dropped shoulders / Dropped waists / Asymmetric or double-breasted closures / Large buttons

Accessories + Footwear
: Ladylike handbags / Oversized square sunglasses / Leather or fur swim-cap headwear / Knee-high boots with trompe l’oeil piecing

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