01 March, 2010

The Duchess Observes . . .

Prada, Fall/Winter 2010 Womenswear

Disco is dead . . . again. On the runways, at least. The fall shows held over the last month or so have confirmed that fact. All the bellwether houses (Prada, Marc Jacobs, even Dolce & Gabbana), with their retro-femme collections, signaled a return to elegant, sophisticated ready-to-wear that is focused on a more mature (both in years and in figure) woman.

One of the most buzzed about shows this season is the Prada Fall/Winter 2010 collection. Miuccia Prada, herself no spring chicken, sent a bevy of (relatively) curvaceous beauties down her runway, each sheathed in eminently wearable work clothes versatile enough to please the professional as well as the fashion insider. Ms. Prada proclaimed a revisiting of the house's older collections, explaining that women want to buy "classics" -- clothes with staying power. Mr. de la Renta and Ms. Herrera, of course, have known that for years, but because of their more narrowly targeted (and devoted!) market they have the luxury of designing exquisitely beautiful pieces that reflect less of the contemporary zeitgeist. Ms. Prada is a designer for our times, she sets the pace: she is international and inspired. Just like her Fall collection.

Doutzen Kroes

Lindsey Wixson

Vanessa Hessler

Rasa Zukauskaite

Maryna Linchuk

Catherine McNeil

The lovely Joan Smalls

Ms. Smalls was the only woman of color on the Prada runway. She's gorgeous. Take note and let's please get some more diverse models in the shows!

ubiquitous cover girl Lara Stone

The Prada woman is idiosyncratic, intellectual, and improvisatory. She creates her own aesthetic; it isn't dictated by editorials or retail availability. She dresses for herself. She's a little bit romantic, a little bit eccentric, and completely self-confident. In other words, a true woman.

Prada, Fall/Winter 2010 Womenswear
Entire Presentation Broadcast at www.prada.com

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