In the Prada Universe nothing is as it seems. When I attend Prada shows in Milan, I sit transfixed, looking for a hint of the message. What did she mean by that bag? Are the heels on those shoes broken or are they meant to be angular and impossible to walk on? Is that just a wayward thread hanging, or do I see it on other garments? Why are the models smiling?
This season, the Prada show started innocently with basic grey suiting fabrics in designs that one would wear to work. Oh, she’s going back to her utilitarian roots?! But wait, now there's this whimsical beach scene with palm trees that evokes holidays in the sun and ocean breezes. The vacation scene caught my eye, since I am always on the look out for travel references.
Travel influences so many designers, but this was an obvious one. On further inquiry, I found out that Ms. Prada says in her show notes that “common day life” is one of the major themes of this collection. So it seems she is juxtaposing the idea of work with the idea of a sunny holiday.
It will be interesting to see how the postcard print works its way into the clothes that are sold in stores, since there are always variations and additions from what is shown on the runway. I think I am going to have to invest in a piece of Miuccia Prada’s intellectual take on everyday life. It may just inspire me to take more vacations. Or work more.
Mimi Lombardo is the fashion director at Travel + Leisure.