Thursday, September 22, 2011

Prada Spring/Summer 2012

Wow!  In my opinion, Prada was the first standout show of the season.


Fantastic work was done at Burberry in London, though.  It was so great to see more than just outerwear from them this season.  And in New York, Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs were excellent.  (Garance and I both want to live in that Michael Kors dream world next summer – and it is well-documented how much I admire Marc’s work.)  Then in Milan this morning, Fendi continued their string of spot-on fashion moments.


But – Prada really woke everyone up.  There was an incredible response.


Was it just that everyone on the fashion circuit was praying for a show to finally cheer, or are you seeing what I am?


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  1. Holly

    September 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    These are gorgeous. I especially love the pleated dress!

  2. P

    September 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Tacky, tacky, unflattering

  3. wallace chapman

    September 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    The car print coat is pretty fabulous. Very atomic era 1950′s ..

  4. Mandy S.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Those leather skirts are amazing! And that Miami Vice colored-esque dress! To die for. Thanks for sharing.


    September 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Wow! Wow, wow, wow! This is amazing! I am in love with that jacket in the third photo!

  6. vintageweek

    September 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    The most amazing colours, beautiful detail and line, unashamed femininity and superheros …runway nirvana !

  7. irina

    September 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    love the swimsuity things.

  8. tom

    September 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    The colors used are really beautiful; I would like to see the rest of the dress that goes with white and red combo.

  9. Clémence

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    The colors are wonderful and those shoes OMG!
    I love it!!!

  10. vhound

    September 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Loving the retro vibe conveyed by the aqua. Check out the Etsy link provided–the Prada dress seems to be a riff on the same theme. And the pleats make me think Fortuny. Structured yet feminine.

  11. Camille

    September 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Very 1950s and Mad Men, a style I usually like, but here, all in all (aside from the leather skirts), I don’t find the collection to be all that flattering. Plus, I’m not digging the hair. It’s looks greasy and dirty.

    Sorry, not following you on that one.


    September 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    amazing pieces, is it me, or the models dont look soo skinny anymore?

  13. Lauren

    September 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    One of the most interesting things about Prada is how they mix rather sedate classics, like the handbags, with more avant garde elements. Well done, as always.

    The Styleseer

  14. Dub

    September 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Wow! Truly something incredible to behold, but the wearability of everything in this collection except the pleated dress and red skirt/coat outfit just seems so impossibly low. Many of the garments do not seem to fit their bodies very well and without a drape-y effect this does not go unnoticed. You often mention the key with shows is to focus on colors, themes, textures, etc. instead of wearability, so what is the key to this one?

  15. 82Brute

    September 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    That skirt! I’m not a designer by any stretch, but for years I’ve been dreaming of a collection inspired by the 1957 Chevy, and the really special classic cars of the late 50s and early 60s–I have this image of a bustier inspired by tuck and roll upholstery, and shoes inspired by chrome bumpers. But that leather pencil skirt! This why they get the big bucks.

  16. victor

    September 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

  17. melissa lee

    September 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I know I should say I like this collection, but I do not!!!
    It does not help that the girls look so unhappy….


  18. Karen

    September 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Very unflattering. Wow. Talk about the clothes wearing the model. Sorry to disagree with the majority.

  19. kist

    September 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    the prints are amazing!! i also loooove the shoes! thanks for these pictures. i could never get inside fashion shows of famous designers. :( but maybe someday i will!!! :D i’ll stay tuned to your blog. :) thank you! :)

  20. Kacie @ A Collection of Passions

    September 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    WOW! Gorgeous. Those lines, the proportions! It’s so sleek and edgy but also very ladylike. It’s so modern and fantastic!


  21. Haydee

    September 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Not sure what to think of those flames on the skirt. Initial feeling was not good. The rest looks Prada-esque.

  22. andrea

    September 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    The fabrics and colors were beautiful, but there was nothing new. A reworking of 50s classic looks, a pleated leather skirt stolen directly from this fall’s Junya Watanabe, and the way I wear my hair! (I do go to a cutting edge salon in NY, but I had no idea I was so ahead of the pack : ) ) The shoes seemed unwalkable for a New Yorker that walks. She even brought back her bowling bags from the 90s! Glad I held on to those! The one question I have is- do we automatically love her work because it’s Prada? I know sometimes I do.

  23. fashionhogger

    September 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    What firey shoes! It does make the models look like they have a shape! Not sure if the real world would like being that shape, but I do love the materials and colours!

  24. Susie

    September 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Very pretty and classy. Though not feeling the car prints. Im sure if a unknown designger had car print designs they would be ridiculed. Just Saying..

  25. Susie

    September 22, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    ps.. love the shoes..

  26. Anon

    September 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    The pleated dress is nice but to me the main accomplishment here is making skinny models look fat.

  27. Kirsten

    September 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Loving the pieced fabric forming hourglass and bowling-ball-bag silhouettes. Very fresh combos of prints, colors and fabrics there.

    Still not feeling the rounded shoulders and wide, stiff upper sleeves of the jackets, though it feels like I’m seeing that a lot lately. I do like the boat neck inspired contrasts on the shoulders, though.

    And, of course, those shoes are stellar. Quirky, fun, and consistently lovely.

  28. lulu

    September 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    that pleated dress (!!!!!!)

  29. Henry

    September 22, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    i love me that lindsey wixson.

    and that PRINT.

  30. megan mcisaac

    September 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    i just don’t understand it. theres nothing “different” or inspiring to me when i look at any of these pieces. i think the models look tremendously awkward and the first and tenth dresses look especially uncomfortable. i do like the bodysuits, and i think theyre interesting and perfectly detailed, but everything else just looks like a bad 1950′s sci fi movie, and not in a good way. maybe its just the awful lighting…

  31. FigMince

    September 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Hey, I found this site by accident, and I checked out the shots of people in the street supposedly wearing classy fashions, and got a lotta laughs, but I think you oughta know that you’ve spelled your blog title wrong – it’s s-a-t-i-r-i-s-t.

  32. Sarah

    September 22, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    From a strictly aesthetic point-of-view (i.e. ignoring wearability), the fabrics, prints and colors are incredibly gorgeous! These images really portray walking art, and I’m inspired in that sense.
    On the other hand, I don’t understand the collection contextually; 82Brute has shed some light on the pieces, and I am getting that ’50s vibe, but can anyone else offer some design translation, please? For example, the significance of the daisies? Or why the jackets have a broad-shouldered, sloping look?

  33. Remy

    September 22, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I love the shoes but the rest is, in my opinion, very very unflattering.

  34. ellen

    September 22, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Outstanding & fab. In love with all of it.

  35. sanmiguelense

    September 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    The colors are cool-in a way- but everything else is just awful. Who wears this stuff anyway? ADR-who was channeling Big Bird in her yellow feathery number-? And the shoes? They are not stellar, they are horrid, a joke. THE EMPEROR HAS NEW CLOTHES!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I though Fendi was much nicer! Beautiful clothes, beautiful tailoring, same Googie-style influence, just a much more inspired interpretation. And much nicer shoes!

  36. Cat

    September 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Oh my goodness!! Such an absolutely wonderful collection! The pleated dress is just simply amazing! It all works so well!

  37. Mika

    September 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Sorry, disagreeing with the majority here, but I’m really not seeing it. That first dress is painful. And the shapes are not flattering to a woman’s figure AT ALL. I want to say that the prints and shapes almost make the fabrics look cheap (ex: the car print coat), I’m not sure, but something is definitely off…

  38. Nina

    September 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Yay! hollywoodian glamour at the italian sauce!(frenchism sorry:)
    Love the pleated pink and black dress!

  39. Pam

    September 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I love the ’50′s vibe — and yet nothing that really *is* of that vintage. Not sure about those evening swimsuit things — just weird. The rest is fun!

  40. Sophia

    September 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    A lot of comments seem to address how ‘unflattering’ these looks are. To the contrary, I find the shapes given to the fabrics give the stick thin models some curves. Although, it may seem the clothes are wearing the models, I think once put on slightly curvier women (which is the majority of us), they will look amazing and really drape the body in a sexy way.

  41. aaron

    September 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    my favourite was the model who had the jacket half hanging off her shoulder? the colour combinations and prints and just everything of this show was so perfect

  42. Clara Turbay

    September 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Spectacular pieces!

  43. AET

    September 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Frankly…I’m not feeling real inspired. Some of the bathing suit type things and dresses might look quite nice on larger curvy women. But if that’s the goal, then please use larger, curvy models. Hey – I’m just sayin’.

  44. Wishful dreaming

    September 22, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Love the skirts and pleated dresses. Would be absolutely deviously happy to own any of the bathing suits!

  45. kelliblue

    September 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Nope. Sorry Scott, not feeling it. I like the satin part of it, but everything looks so frumpadump, esp. that first one, ugh. Love the car print coat, but the rest…meh. Does nothing for me. And the ‘no makeup and greasy hair’ look doesn’t help matters.

  46. ED

    September 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Why are the comments so obsequious? I’d like to hear some discussion and sharing of perspectives instead of the endless “wonderfuls” so often here. That is not to knock The Sartorialist, Scott or the (always beautiful) Garance. Let’s just be honest about what we see. Everything can’t always be awesome! Fashion is about change, challenge and being out there on the edge, and sometimes, somewhere, someone misses. Talk!

  47. Aster

    September 22, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Earrings are back! Fantastic have been missing them. Love the moroccan/moorish prints too

  48. Hilary Inspired

    September 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Not sure that I’m totally on board with you here, Scott. Normally I am a big fan of everything Muiccia does but this collection just didn’t do it for me. But then again I am not a very literal person and the 1950s flames and vintage cars seemed a tad too much for me. Really loved Fendi though!

  49. Hilary Inspired

    September 22, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I should include that I did love the floral coats and pleated dresses.. really lovely pieces!

  50. Marityn

    September 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    So, I usually love the things that I see on this blog. However–these pieces are, in my humble opinion, simply ridiculous. The prints draw attention away from the women wearing them, and the shapes are disgustingly unflattering. Is ugly becoming the new pretty? What happened to classic elegance? When I look at these outfits, I do not see confident or empowered women–I see women drowning in flowers and bright leather and boxy cuts. They look uncomfortable–physically and otherwise. I FEEL uncomfortable just looking at them. Definitely not my favorite!

    I will concede, however, that the silky swimsuit things are somewhat pretty. It’s the coats and most of the dresses that really irk me.

  51. JLB

    September 22, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Sorry….I just don’t get it. Not cute at all. Some of those patterns look like they are drapes from a grandma’s house.


    September 22, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Love that pleaded dress!!

  53. Name*arlene

    September 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I think that if this were shown without “The Name” not many would like it. The bathing suit center panel reminds me of the old Playboy bunny outfits….
    Not my favorite this time…


  54. The Fancy Teacup

    September 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    The automobile theme in the Prada collection drove me wild! Such a stunning runway show.

    ♥, Jamie

  55. Ann-Marie

    September 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Hmm. I like the swimsuits and the prints themselves, but not the shapes —and I usually love 50′s and 60′s silhouettes. Curves are great, but these look like fake curves made of air.

    Most of the coats look like they’ve been put on Barbie dolls, anyone else see that (look at the car coat pic!)? It’s the shoulder shape that’s not very flattering, quite sloping.

  56. vicheka im

    September 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    this was my favorite!

    i like how it almost plays mind games because of the colors and pattern.

  57. Meredith

    September 22, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Absolutely love the shoes.

  58. zma

    September 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    not feelin’ this.

  59. Pearl

    September 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Nais!! I love how the models have Ms Prada’s hairstyle! ;)

  60. JD

    September 23, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Scott, I’d love to hear more about what you liked about the collection. It’s really hard to respond to your post without more of your own commentary.

  61. JV

    September 23, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I have to disagree.

    I think there are elements to appreciate: the bead and print detailing; the unusual style lines.

    And some pieces to appreciate: the swimsuits; the gorgeous pleated dress.

    But overall, I find the collection to be unflattering. I don’t find sack dresses and coats, and kid’s car prints to accentuate a woman’s body.

    If the name, “Prada,” did not appear on the tags of these garments, no one would care.

  62. une chatte grise

    September 23, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I really like the automobile prints–all three versions (blue, pink, and ecru) combine color, illustration style, and fabric beautifully. The blue sleeveless top and pink coat are also lovely pieces. And my reaction to them surprises me–liking a pink semi-cocoon coat with little drawings on it? Moi?? That’s why I think those 2 pieces are brilliant–their balance of sugar and clean-edged minimalism got even someone who’s usually allergic to cute to want them.

    I don’t know if I like the rest of the collection per se, but I like the texture-y fabrics and the idea of more constructed shapes. If nothing else, I’m intrigued.

  63. s

    September 23, 2011 at 12:49 am

    i have to say, the pictures at do this collection no favours. you’ve really captured something charming here!

  64. Antonina

    September 23, 2011 at 1:23 am

    I adore the dress in picture eight- it’s feminine, playful, elegant, estival…
    The rest though… No, definitely not mine. And it’s not that I don’t like the details I just very much dislike how they are combined- as if a bunch of non matching ideas were thrown in a pot, stirred and then, well…
    No not mine. And what’s up with the hair anyway?
    Having fun with some details though and will definitely go out and get some look-a-like earrings, maybe not as huge but still huge.
    Will keep on looking for pieces I love and combine them my way. Much more fun than wearing original combinations anyway.

  65. Soobee

    September 23, 2011 at 1:26 am

    I loved some of these pieces and felt some of them looked like stiff tents and fit the models horribly. I would think that after all that effort, they would make all the pieces fit a woman’s body.

  66. Erin

    September 23, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Unfortunately it was hard for me to look past the horrible hair and when I did I was a little let down. Not only are the clothes making the thinnest people on the planet look huge, they seem to have used fabrics that show the imperfections of a collection that must’ve taken so long to put together. If I start from the bottom I’m happier- the shoes are interesting. :)

  67. Giada

    September 23, 2011 at 2:16 am

    The leather skirts are amazing! However, I’m not a big Prada’s fan…do you think I’m crazy?

    New post on my new blog: Elena Mirò and her curvy models


  68. jicky

    September 23, 2011 at 2:33 am

    she is the only one that makes perfect fashion with super kitsch… Great.

  69. Irene

    September 23, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Some of the prints are amazing, especially the cartoon like ones. However I’m still not convinced 100% by s0me of the shapes of the coats.
    If they are unflattering and kind of loose on the models what will be of them on “real” women?
    Will need a closed look in the shop.


  70. micah

    September 23, 2011 at 4:14 am

    this looks much more like a satire on the 50s housewife than an attempt at making outfits that are appealing. to me, anyone calling this beautiful is caught up in the conformist vogue of the day rather than applying thoughtful assessment.

    look at that hair. it must be grotesque and greasy looking on purpose.

  71. Johnny

    September 23, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Not so in love with it…there are some prints that I like but other seem a little bit dated.


  72. Agni

    September 23, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Very 50′s! Amazing collection! I truely loved everything from this show. 100% sure that in a couple of months we will see this trend in all big retail shops :)

  73. Gina

    September 23, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Yep, tacky, ridiculous, ugly… and already done a couple decades ago.

  74. Jillian

    September 23, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I have to disagree with the majority here. Prada’s SS12 collection is not at all inspiring. I understand the silhouettes dominating the next season, although they may be unflattering to a woman’s body. In my opinion, the collection lacked a little oomph. Not a bad collection but at the same time, not fantastic. Slightly disappointed. Sorry.

  75. Valentina

    September 23, 2011 at 4:50 am

    totally rockabilly!!!!

  76. Erica

    September 23, 2011 at 5:02 am

    OMG! This runway seems to be spectacular! The swimsuit is particularly brilliant.

  77. SaschaSas

    September 23, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Regular sized women. Love.

  78. NORA

    September 23, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Those forms seems to be very unflattering. It doesnt feel like someone who loves WOmen is behind this… The forms most of the time look like flowery bags.

  79. Katrina Iriberri

    September 23, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I am loving these, and I think the world is in the mood for all this happy cheerful colors. Enough of the drab from the past seasons please. Luvet!

  80. Jeannine

    September 23, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Mixed feelings. Like: the retro colouring and general retro vibe of it, the peated pink dress, the ‘flaming’ shoes and skirt. Adore the leather skirts (although they are definitely not new in any way, but still gorgeous).
    Don’t like: the wide and low shoulder line (it looks anatomically wrong verging on painfull and not flattering as far as I’m concerned), don’t really get the bathing suits (are they? the fabric doesn’t seem to support that hypothesis).
    Agree with the point being made that this is ‘great because it’s prada’ but would fail to impress coming from anywhere else.

  81. Claire

    September 23, 2011 at 6:43 am

    It was the absolute standout for me- it screamed, it yelled and it warmed my cold fashion cockles heart x

  82. CBC

    September 23, 2011 at 7:41 am

    At first visually…….likes the shape……design of fabrics reminded me of leave it to Beaver bedroom….. toy chest…..but she moves the lines…..she always does….

  83. vintage wedding rings

    September 23, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I love the earrings and necklaces!

  84. Barbara

    September 23, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I’ve always thought that Prada hates women and this is just more proof.

  85. linda

    September 23, 2011 at 8:26 am

    trying way too hard … can’t think of a single person the oversize garments would flatter … they don’t even flatter these models … a big miss on the runway!

  86. Pilar

    September 23, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I love the models – really normal girls that you could see in the streets- with no plastic surgery


    September 23, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Prints and geometric shapes made ​​out of combination of colors, Looks built of different textures.

    Prada is a pioneer in trends, bold and innovative brand with its label made ​​in Italy.

  88. Donatella

    September 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I found it TERRIBLE. I usually love Miuccia’s work, but this, oh my gosh, what happened? Shapes are totally unflattering, the prints are childish and really, really ugly. Jackets, skirts, those awful strapless tops, they seem made by some children! I’m so sorry about this, but this show was horrible. Miuccia, what did you do?!

  89. Millypink

    September 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

    If those dresses make models look frumpy, what hope do us mere mortals have? Dreadful. And I have to agree that the hair looks greasy & unwashed. Not nice at all.

  90. Sarahindenim

    September 23, 2011 at 8:59 am

    This is a fascinating collection, though Prada’s references to “sweetness” in her published statement don’t seem to pertain to a lot of these pieces. The super-structured look on so many of these jackets, with exaggerated shoulders and barrel torsos, turn these bodies into fashion fortresses. There is a nice contrast between that bulwark effect and the lacy patterning, though.

    Also wondering why we should be looking to the fifties right now. It was a super conservative era, the origin of many political problems we continue to suffer through now. Do we really want to go back there?

  91. Rosaria LGP

    September 23, 2011 at 9:09 am

    wonderful fire sandals!….i can’t look at jewelry….i should have a focus on*….but the colours are very cool, and shaping original too!
    Rosaria LGP

  92. joanna

    September 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

    nah, this is not flattering at all. Apart from the flame-decorated skirt and the pleated dress on the following picture, this is just bulky and weird material combinations. Fab shoes, though.

  93. Mr Kane

    September 23, 2011 at 9:22 am

    love the shoes, the colours and the prints use so beautiful! it standsout!


  94. [email protected]

    September 23, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Beautiful without a doubt, but what really stood out at me was the beautiful clutches and shoes, so vintagy-new!

  95. Dianne

    September 23, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Love Prada, like Gucci, Kors very dated, Burbury big disappointment, the rest very so so.

  96. monkeyshines

    September 23, 2011 at 9:38 am

    amazing collection!


  97. Sarah L.

    September 23, 2011 at 9:39 am

    This collection made me grimace. It’s a huge miss. As stated before, these pieces come off as incredibly tacky, frumpy, unflattering, and ill-fitting. The car graphic and flames? Best to take heed to the words of Coco Chanel, “Take one thing off before leaving the house.” The skirts are stronger without the look of some cheap strip mall airbrush. However, the doily-esque patterns aren’t completely lost on me and there are some pieces that could be salvaged. Overall, too much and trying too hard.

  98. Juanita

    September 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I LOVE these photographs and WOW! don’t the clothes look just fabulous on healthy sized looking models? That is totally inspired as well.

  99. Step on my Heelz

    September 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I just die for the leather skirts! so chic :) Prada is always killer!

    Bisous, Step on my Heelz

  100. Step on my Heelz

    September 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I just die for the leather skirts! Soo chic :) Prada is always killer!

    Bisous, Step On My Heelz

  101. clarity enhanced diamonds

    September 23, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I love their looks……the clothing is fantastic!

  102. Mira

    September 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I love the leather skirts. I’d wear them in a flash. The slouchy shoulders are very unflattering, though. And the hair is horrendous. But all in all, I’d wear a whole bunch of these clothes, if I got them for free.

  103. VIF Jeans

    September 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I love the prints! Awesome

  104. Marcel Da Chump

    September 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Reminds me of a quote by Proust:
    “Beauty lies not in colors
    but in their harmony”.

  105. Charikleia

    September 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Miuccia makes history, not fashion.

    Aaaaah, how lovely and groundbreaking!!!

    Kisses from Greece!

    P.S. I love your work, but then, who doesn’t? ;-)

  106. J

    September 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Not exactly the best of Prada.
    Not exactly the best of fashion shows either although I see the cheerfulness and playfulness brightened everyone.

  107. Julie Pierotti

    September 23, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Absolutely incredible! Love all of the car-print pieces and everything she did with an accordion pleat. All of the accessories were great as well. Fun and completely original as always.

  108. jas

    September 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

  109. geok

    September 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    absolutely LOVE this season. Garance was right: everything prada touches turned into gold, or just a new element that is out of this world. Prada just reinvented retro, prints, leather skits and sexy solid jackets. I love all of them!! They can funk up anything.

    Love getting “live feeds” from you and Garance, my favorites so far are definitely burberry + prada. big loves!

  110. Carol

    September 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I’m not really liking it either – some of the fabrics look great, and the swimsuit/bodysuit maybe, but mostly I think it’s the drab and tacky side of Prada, my least favourite aspect of the brand. Where is the wit and charm?

  111. johan bleek

    September 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I’m seeing it too! Love the moto/chevy circa 1960 skirts. And how about those oddly draping oversize shoulders? Really makes the models’ heads look smaller, don’t you think? Gives them a kind of matronly stature, even though they’re quite skinny and tall.

  112. carole

    September 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I think Prada is truly gorgeous and the best of the collections so far!

  113. midwestern girl in paris

    September 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Wow, I don’t know what’s more surprising–how ugly this collection is (fabrics and shapes) or how many people seem to like it. Really tacky.


    September 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I agree with you! Muccia Prada is so innovative and always surprises us with the unexpected.

  115. lintmag

    September 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I just saw this collection online this morning and thought the shapes were extremely unflattering – and if they look bad on models, the average woman has NO hope! I guess the pleated skirts are ok, but nothing says “standout” to me.

  116. Daniela

    September 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Definitely seeing what you are! I thought it was so forward looking, so different, absolutely creative and courageous! Absolutely beautiful! Finally a truly new approach.

  117. Mahala

    September 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I find the whole collection just unflattering, il-fitting, and sad. What modern woman would wear those hideous bathing suits?

  118. Nemee

    September 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    The Prada show was absolutely amazing and defnitely one of my favourites. I am in love with the pink and black pleated dress and the outfit worn by Lindsey Wixson.

  119. G.L.T

    September 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I would have to say No, I did not like any of the collection.

  120. Catherine

    September 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    For me, Prada (and Miu Miu) are always those shows with incredible wow factor. I am not sure how Miuccia does it season after season, but somehow she always manages!

  121. Name*Gerard

    September 23, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    seriously, if these clothes were not from Prada, would anyone pay any attention? enough with the comedy…

  122. Name*

    September 23, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    mmm i don’t like it at all

  123. CBC

    September 23, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    2 tone cars from the 50′s and 60′s playboy crochet put it all together and u get spring collection

  124. CBC

    September 23, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    if u look back at resort 2012 there were sign of this collection the flowere on the handbags the 2 tone 50′s jackets always with her modern twist

  125. anonymous

    September 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    These are like those great vintage pieces that you always hope to find in a vintage store but… never do. They are throwbacks to the 50′s as well as being weirdly futuristic– those shapes are weird and wonderful. I love the dropped shoulders on the jackets with the funny detailing of beads. It gives a new silhouette, which we’re badly needing. I’m sick of the 70′s retro thing, I hated it when it began, and I still do. The fifties was stylish and fun and oddly, into futuristic design back then. (Think those kidney shapes in furniture.)

  126. Anne

    September 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Original. And I like the shapes !

  127. style adventures

    September 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Such a divided response! Love it…so…whilst I love the classic Prada elements, my first reaction was…well…a little flat to tell the truth! so not feeling the love on this one on the whole

  128. chellspecker

    September 23, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    This is the apotheosis of ironic luxury kitsch. Could it get any nastier? Any natural beauty the models might have had is negated by the clothes they are wearing. I’m all for artificial and obscure, but this verges on hallucinatory, and not in a good way. I’m seeing what you are but I’m not buying it. If cancer were fashion, it would look something like this. I’m thinking the models drank too much cheap wine, passed out, woke up in a cold sweat with hair plastered to their foreheads and walked out of their bedrooms wearing the clothes they were dreaming about when the fire alarm went off.

  129. tk

    September 24, 2011 at 3:46 am

    this collection looks like it belongs in wallmart. what were their inspirations…. cheap pajamas and tacky extreme sports bands?
    Scott, I usually love your taste….. but I don’t understand why you find this collection at all appealing.

  130. Van

    September 24, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Yes it is a stand out show but not for the right reasons. Fendi has always been so good at dressing actual modern women but this is some kind of escapist through back that is lovely in small doses but not in entire collection and with no subtly at all.

  131. Julia Sophie

    September 24, 2011 at 3:57 am


  132. laura

    September 24, 2011 at 4:36 am

    love them!! love the rockabilly attitude and tailored bathsuits.
    great color palette!!!!

  133. myshotsforyou

    September 24, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Absolutamente maravillosa !!!!!!!!!!

  134. Confrontialist

    September 24, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Is this post and all the comments some sort of satire that I’m not getting?

    I mean, this has to be a joke.

    no sane person with taste, even bad, would consider this to be “amazing” or in anyway revolutionary.

    please tell me you are kidding.

  135. m1n1mal1sm

    September 24, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Either you liked it or not, Prada isn’t about that. At all.

    You can say this show is ridiculous, is ugly…but you can’t ignore it. You just can’t.

    That’s the aim of Prada.

    If you didn’t like it, don’t buy it…BTW.

  136. diamonds for less

    September 24, 2011 at 7:05 am

    The outfits are stunning!

  137. Oliver

    September 24, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I can’t help but feel that all this has been done before. Some of these coats look like what my grandmother has in her closet. Granted, they are still wonderful coats, but what type of praise should be given for being very good at reviving retro fashion?

  138. S.Singh

    September 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I loved this collection for so many reasons…everything but the hot rod motif. Am I missing something here? It just didn’t work for me. Apart from that, the colours, silhouette, and the overall feel of the collection was wonderful.

  139. Cristián Pavez Díaz

    September 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    The print work drove me crazy. Prada shows that creativity is the best way to hit the crisis. Bravo.
    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.

    @cristianpavezd on Twitter

  140. William

    September 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I’m a big fan of Prada, but this season i got really disappointed. I think the collection was ugly, it was not looking like Prada, it was more like a Miu Miu collection. The girls, all them, look horrible in the photos from So, i also think they were ugly. I’m very disappointed…. :( I think it was not nice.

  141. vintage engagement rings

    September 24, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Im in love with Prada!

  142. elena

    September 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of the clothes, but the feet! The way the models look and the shoes, so very elegant!

  143. ktmo

    September 24, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    the wide and low shoulders on the dresses and coats are amazing! i’ve never seen that on purpose before, but that’s how i, and many of the hip and young wear all their coats. this seems to me like a melding of classic 50′s kitsch mixed with the down and out 90′s vibe we’re seeing all over the streets.

    i’m just happy to see something i’ve never before seen. yes, it’s a lot all at once, and yes, anyone with “less” of a name would have gotten laughed out of the place but that’s exactly why i admire that she did this. she has everything to lose and she went there. fuck yes.

  144. Sabina

    September 24, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I’m glad some of us see Muccia is the idea recycling master…mostly loved because this is prada….well done marketing.
    love the shoes

  145. wotv

    September 25, 2011 at 11:45 am

    She sifts through the bin of orange juice. Then she goes to the airlines ticket counter. The minute she walked into the terminal, I’ve had my eyes on her.

    The rest of the world is dressed so depressingly today — slobbered in nylon black, washed out beige, and clinging fabrics that are too tight. Layers of (underarm, back, stomach, butt) fat are exposed in the cheap fabric. No, I’m not buying it. A woman doesn’t need to be tightly wrapped to be feminine. The so called feminine silhouette is not at all for most women. Lest we all look like Desperate Housewives or women on The View – I want to scream, and tear my hair out, out of revolt. It’s so oppressive. Why do most female American politicians dress like Hilary Clinton?

    But she walks in. In colors unseen before. In patterns that makes you go: why? Who? How? What the F???

    Is she F with me?

    It’s literally the most gorgeous dress I’ve ever seen on a live person in real life. The dress that’s shapely and forgiving. The colors that shimmer like jewel. The necklace, and the belt. Wow. The Empress way of dressing.

    The innocent bystanders are never the same again. They run to fabric stores. They take up sewing lessons. They want PRADA.

    Meanwhile, the woman…picks a bottle of fresh squeezed orange juice, and walks in and out of First Class ticket line, minding her own business not really caring what the world thinks because she’s done thinking about fashion for the day.

    Fortunes follow her. Opulence follows her. Luxury follows her. And world peace is next. But she’s fun and she’s irreverent, and she loves fresh squeezed orange juice.

  146. tizzylish

    September 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Although very visual, these clothes look very unwearable. They do not inspire me. But I am sure there will be many people who will love the collection as always. I find the collection non inviting….

  147. knitty kitty

    September 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    The staging of this show was hokey – the faux paper mache cars were revolting – like a high school theatre project – they should have really upped the ante and used convertible mini-coopers or whatever – i.e. the car idea was cheaply rendered…we want theatre – if Muiccia really wanted to get her message across she should have gone the whole way – i.e. if you can’t do it right eliminate the faux props – PRADA can afford it – c’mon give us a show!!!

  148. Alecia Stevens

    September 25, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I really, really want to like this, but I think most of us are too vain to wear these clothes! They are not flattering! Maybe the leather / straight skirt, but ugh! for the rest. Nice shoes, though. :-)

  149. Dawn

    September 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Sorry, nothing about this is inspiring. It’s derivative and ironic (and not in a good way). The textures of the fabrics are interesting but this is hardly amazing. Non merci!

  150. Blanche B

    September 26, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Great as an art work, but I don´t feel like wearing any of this, and the models look so… bizarre


    September 26, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Hmmm a little/lot contrived. The two-toned leather skirt, the silhouettes and the togs (swim suit) are great but the prints way too much!

    The flames, flowers and hot rods are too literal it screams Ed Hardy icon symbolism fail. After all the hype I’d heard on twitter I expected a revolution.

    Get rid of the prints and they have a winner.

  152. Karen G

    September 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I have to say, I Really Hate that oversized rounded shoulder silhouette. Not flattering on anyone. I like the bathing suits.

  153. Steph

    September 27, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I don’t always agree with your choices… And I am not usually a huge fan of Prada’s clothes…But 100% agree that this collection is great…so different to a lot of the things we have been seeing-and much more fun!

  154. JN

    September 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

    i really want to love it, but just not feeling it. i’m all for fun and optimism, however the flames and embellishments are reading cheesy.

  155. Kristen

    September 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I think the fabrics, shapes, and colors are brilliant. The shoes are killer, the skirts super feminine. Jackets in the 50′s and 60′s were not super flattering – but they were well shaped and stylish. So are these. And while I deeply dislike the idea of women wearing rompers about town, I think they were pretty too – with great fabrics and colors!

  156. Martine

    September 29, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Brilliant. Great silhouette. Funky prints. But best of all i love how they used the color to accentuate the body. i love the way they outline the hips in a contrasting color, and the contrasting color on the shoulders is great too. I may not be expressing it too well, but I just love that sort of color blocking shape within a shape thing.

  157. Martine

    September 29, 2011 at 1:57 am

    How do people assume they can say if something is flattering or not as if everyone has the same shape and taste? Nothing is flattering on everyone, and all women are shaped differently and like different things. Some want to look thinner, some want to look thicker. Some want to look curvier, some hate curves. Some want to look tall and willowy, some short and doll like. I wish people wouldn’t even use that word.

  158. charles

    October 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Is this a joke? Since when has fashion ceased to be about clothing?

    This is just confirming a long-standing suspicion that certain fashion designers (Miuccia Prada included) spend all their time trying to see how horrible they can make their collections and still get away with it.

  159. Debi

    October 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Hopelessly Prada… only Prada can make a young woman look like my mother…. so sad.

  160. Jim

    October 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    The green leather skirt and the swimwear are my favorites

  161. Nthabiseng

    October 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    la laa laah lah laaaaaah lovely.

  162. Christopher Yong

    October 25, 2011 at 5:17 am

    PRADA came alive again this Spring-Summer…

  163. jen

    October 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    thos are the ugliest clothes I’ve ever seen I can’t believe people could actually like them.

  164. deckert

    November 21, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Aw, this was a really nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this moreover – taking time and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and in no way seem to get something done.

  165. uggs

    November 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Proper job! really appreciate YOU-thanks a lot!

  166. uju

    January 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Am I seeing what every one is seeing cos all I see is breathtaking details. From the collages on the coats to the embellished belts, the sofisticated juxtaposition of colours…….where do I start and how do I finish…..FANTASTIC! The details are in Prada and Prada is in the details.

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