After last season's dazzling, print-on-print pantsuit action, it was anyone's guess what Miuccia Prada would offer up for Spring 2013. It's fairly certain, though, that an army of robotic geisha dressed in black, satin, and pale pink was not on anyone's list. Wearing teetering geta flatforms or slipper-like tabi sock shoes, they marched, faces deadpan and hair piled high in messy pixie spikes.
And as for the clothes, they came in vaguely Japanese silhouettes and slickly saturated hues. Crewneck tops, kimono jackets, below-the-knee shorts, A-line miniskirts, off-the-shoulder wraps, and three-quarter-sleeve shifts were cut in boxy shapes that hung crisply off the body in unfussy lines. But it wasn't all cold android emotion and dark sobriety; for a hint of playful innocence, nearly every look came adorned with cartoon-like floral appliqué or prints, and a series of pastel-hued pieces toward the end of the show were sculpted artfully in origami folds.