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Milan: Miuccia Prada has consistently pushed the boundaries of taste — making us rethink what is “good” or “off-beat”. For S/S 12, the setting was a mid-century “anywhere USA” golf course, conjuring up a universe where “fathers who know best” favor campy classics like splashy floral pants, tailored Bermuda shorts and clashing cartoon-print shirts. Prada has explored the notion of resortwear many times before, but with an AstroTurf runway, 600 blue cubes for attendees to sit on spread about the green and George Gershwin’s “Summertime” playing in the background, this quirky showing felt true to the designer’s idiosyncratic approach. She told the Associated Press: “I was using golf as an excuse to make it eccentric. Even if I hate golf and don’t play, it is completely international.” There’s no in-depth analysis needed for this appealing collection, because just like her loyal followers, sometimes even Ms. Prada just wants to relax and enjoy the scenery.  —Michael Fisher

Color: “Golf tee green” / Sky blue / Khaki / Orange / Turquoise / Black

Key Items: Golf print woven shirts / “Italian knit” polos / Quilted floral shirt-jackets / Tailored Bermuda shorts / Two-button blazers / Fine gauge cardigans / Creased pants

Materials: Cotton / Silk / Leather / Polyester

Details + Trim: Allover cartoon prints / Flat quilted surfaces / Contrast piping for knits/ Stone appliqués on shirts and accessories

Accessories + Footwear: Flat caps / Silk neckerchiefs / Color-blocked golf shoes with kiltie details / Branded golf clubs / Floral printed “picnic bags” / Studded envelope bags

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