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For the newest installment of its Real Fantasies video lookbook series, Prada casts its Fall 2012 collection in the neon glow of a distant future that takes its design cues from the past. Models — cast as "genetically perfected clones" — stalk around environments created by layering images and videos on top of each other, while ominous music plays in the background. One male model is seen wringing his hands while sitting on top of the world; later on, a woman pulls a wad of cash out of her purse and hands it to another woman in front of an ornate staircase. It's strange, yes, and thought-provoking, too.
It was a prints party over at Prada for Fall 2012, where designer Muiccia Prada sent models down the runway in a sartorial symphony of brightly colored geometric designs in the form of dress-like coats over pajama bottom pants, cropped suits with mismatched blouses, and even briefcase totes to match. And for those who might shy away from the bold hexagonal patterns, jeweled embellishments decorated and dazzled on similar silhouettes. Don't forget to watch out for the sky-high Mary Janes and eyebrow-raising shades, which only periodically hid the dramatic no-eyebrow smoky eye makeup look and long ombre locks.
>> Trousers, trousers, trousers. That was the message at Prada. Oh, there were dresses, skirts, and coats as well, but mostly it was about the trouser. They were in every one of the collection's 41 looks, hit just above the ankle, and were cut straight — but not too slim. They came in black wool — sometimes bejeweled at the hem — and later, in a mix of Op Art-Brady Bunch-style prints.
Over the last few seasons or so, there have been hints that the idea of wearing pants under dresses was making a comeback — Acne and Opening Ceremony each showed the style for Spring 2012 — but here the concept was the main thesis.
As a whole, it made for an outing that was focused, controlled — and plenty appealing. Silhouettes on coats and dresses were crisp and sharp, and — with their empire waists and a-line silhouettes — youthful. Also youthful and super-appealing: the models' hair, which was long, straight, and dip-dyed in contrasting hues.
From the moment we laid eyes on the purple geometric-designed carpet-cum-catwalk, we knew Miuccia Prada would imbue the Fall 2012 collection with her signature brand of retro quirk and clean lines. Indeed, it was a flurry of bright clashing prints (of all shapes and sizes), bejeweled wares, and ombre dip-dyed hair. The mosaic-like psychedelic prints came a dime a dozen, in bold burnt oranges, purples, and mustard yellows, and were transferred onto crisp suits, long coats (some even with coattails), button-downs, and dresses. When we weren't hypnotized by the plethora of colorful hexagonal patterns, we paid close attention to the intricate detailing given to each look. Long, luxe black coats were adorned with opulent jewel embellishments both on the collar and down the front lapel; similarly, the hems of cropped tailored pants received the same bedazzled treatment. As for the accessories? Models donned sky-high Mary Janes, complete with red rubber soles, carried slick tote bags that reminded us of old-school doctor bags, and wore futuristic aviator-meets-retro round sunglasses. Simply put, Miuccia's Fall lineup was a vibrant play on prints, sparkle, and tailored proportions.
- Trends: Bejeweled hemlines and collars, dresses-over-pants, belted outerwear, and bold clashing prints.
- Colors: Purple, blue, burnt orange, mustard yellow, and black.
- Key Piece: The long, luxe, belted black coats, with rich embellishing both on the collar and down the front.
- Accessories: Sky-high Mary Janes (complete with red rubber soles), oversized doctor-inspired totes, and futuristic aviator-meets-retro round sunglasses.
- Who Would Wear It: The girl who loves color and a clean silhouette, like Michelle Williams, Zooey Deschanel, and Chloe Moretz.