Prada Womenswear S/S12

Bare midriffs and bandeau tops gave a tongue-in-cheek 90s workout feel whilst silk jackets added a more 1950s touch worn with high-waisted pencil skirts

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In a giant toy car décor, Prada’s collection was both playful and timeless. Dark woollen coats with floral patterns, paired with pleated mid-calf skirts and bright patent bags composed a seemingly tame, girly silhouette. Yet this was soon contrasted by the arrival of bandeau tops, either in stretchy cotton, for a tongue-in-cheek 90s workout look, or in lace: bare midriffs poked out from under the long heavy coats and silk jackets, added an osé touch to 1950s high-waist pencil skirts.

The seeming seriousness was further hijacked by throwing in repetitive car motifs, like a 6-year old pyjamas, on clutches and silk robes. The shoes too had a cartoon feel: think fake flames poking out of the back, midway between Jeremy Scott and Jimmy Choo. The mid-century silhouettes – complete with Marylin Monroe-esque bathing suits— were modernised by adding waxed burgundy jackets and crystals.

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