Milan Fashion Week is almost here, so to celebrate Italy's turn on the Spring 2014 runways, let's take a look back at one of the country's biggest fashion heavy-hitters: Prada. Known for its classic, trendsetting designs, Prada has sent more than a few memorable beauty looks down the catwalks. From creative hairstyling to bold eye makeup, reminisce on some of the fashion house's top hair and makeup moments in recent history.
Though it started as a leather goods shop in 1913 by brothers Martino and Mario Prada, Mario's great granddaughter Miuccia Prada would transform the company into the design powerhouse it is today. First would be her line of waterproof backpacks and totes in 1979 that would go on to inspire the release of Prada's definitive nylon handbags in 1984. In 1989, Miuccia and her partner Patrizio Bertelli launched Prada's first ready-to-wear line, which instantly gained recognition for its clean lines and luxe fabrics.
Now with Miuccia at the helm for more than 30 years, Prada has been shaped by artful, whimsical talent that takes us from ladylike, curve-conscious dressing one season to dramatic textures and boxy shapes the next. Its fan base and influence knows no bounds — and it's not hard to see why the label has remained a fashion mainstay and a design house heavy hitter. Look back at some of the brand's most memorable runway looks.
Take note from the boys, and don a pair of cap-toe shoes for a polished take on off-duty style. Pair Prada's or Miu Miu's sleek black-and-white combos with cropped denim jeans and a blazer for an easy weekend look, or get studly with Christian Louboutin's subversive spike details. For a more neutral take in the trend, check out tone-on-tone options from Stuart Weitzman, Vince, and Gianvito Rossi.
Simple and chic, the tote bag is easily one of our favorite carryalls for every pack-it-in situation. Right now, we're loving the fancier options on the market — think polished finishes and sharp silhouettes — from the likes of Sophie Hulme, Loeffler Randall, and Proenza Schouler. Make this timeless bag your everyday work bag, or utilize its generous size for running errands. With brands ranging from Alexander Wang to ASOS, check out our editors' top picks for every budget.
Things aren't just heating up outside this Summer: Instagram's most fashionable stars are keeping things sizzling with a stream of chic snaps. Whether it's overlooking the city as Alexa Chung, Karlie Kloss, and Victoria Beckham did from their lenses, or peering behind the scenes à la Erickson Beamon, J.Crew, and Bergdorf Goodman, this stylish set is burning up our phones with well-filtered photos — click through to see this week's best shots!
Stars really are just like us — Jennifer Aniston proved that even Hollywood A-listers rework their wardrobes. The actress slipped into the same sweet Prada dress she chose for her 2011 Walk of Fame ceremony for pal Lake Bell's wedding over the weekend. The breezy printed dress is a perfect option for a Summer wedding, and with a few simple changes — new footwear and a chic crossbody bag — Aniston proved that it's easy to update the pieces already hiding in your closet, even two or three years later.
Coupled with Sienna Miller's recent appearance in a recycled Isabel Marant dress, does this change your ideas about celebrity wardrobes? Does it inspire you to reach into the back of your closet and style up a great piece you already have? Tell us what you think in the comments!
The Great Gatsby's Cannes Film Festival premiere drew out glamour of the A-list variety. Carey Mulligan, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore all stunned in Dior, while Isla Fisher dazzled in a fiery Oscar de la Renta and Freida Pinto wowed in pink Gucci. But the fashion fun doesn't stop there. The film's NYC premiere and special pre-Met Ball screening also proved glamorous evenings, with the style crowd in full attendance. See every single outfit from the Cannes premiere, plus the rest of the red carpet looks from all of The Great Gatsby's red carpet events right here.
— Additional reporting by Melody Nazarian and Hannah Weil