Prada Cruise/Resort  2012

London: Picking up where her S/S 12 Men’s collection left off, Miuccia Prada presented C/R 12 looks that conjured multiple periods and places, from midcentury country clubs to Graceland in its heyday. Ladylike belted trenches were given western rockabilly details like piped contrast yokes, and the bejeweled Baracuta jackets the designer recently offered for men were recut for women. Bouclé sweater separates came in modestly feminine silhouettes and fruity pastel hues, while seductive 40s-inspired frocks and skirts were shown in see-through black laces and silk crepes. Technicolor floral prints that enlivened denim pedal-pushers, suits and a smocked secretary dress could have come straight off of London’s Carnaby Street in the 60s. Accessories were similarly polished yet kooky: sweet berets and flap bags were decked out in conversational patterns and embellishments, and demure silk ascots felt at once prim and perverse. –Whitney Kessler

Color: Cosmetic pink / Fruit punch / Pale pistachio / Navy / Powder and stormy sky blues / Buttercup / Melon / Beige / Lavender / Lime green / Black

Key Items: Belted trench / Western button-front / Bejeweled Baracuta / Lace skirt / Printed pedal pusher / Cardigan / Prim sheath / 40s blouse

Materials: Bouclé knits / Lace / Silk crepe / Twill / Denim

Prints + Patterns: Windowpane and sketch plaids / Polka-dots / Small-scale geo and menswear-inspired neat patterns / Scaled-down signature lip motif / 60s-inspired florals

Details + Trim: Contrast yokes / Piping / Self belts / Lip and mod flower appliqués / Rhinestone embellishments / Smocking / Doubled Peter Pan collars / Pleats / Color blocking / Ruching

Accessories + Footwear: Berets / Pointy-toed pumps / Silk ascots / Pieced satchels / Flap bags / Wire-framed sunglasses / Embellished clutches / Simple strappy sandals

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