>> Shala Monroque, with her propensity for kitten-heeled shoes — "I don't have a high threshold for pain. I have to have comfortable shoes" — and madcap mixmastering has earned her quite a few fashion fans. "Ironically," she tells Harper's Bazaar, "some of the outfits that receive the most attention from the fashion crowd are the ones that are a little off."
31-year-old St. Lucian Monroque, who is Pop's editor at large (and Pop editor Dasha Zhukova's best friend), has lived in Manhattan for the past ten years, although she apparently spends less than six months a year in her Upper East Side residence — due to her jetsetting lifestyle.
The series of imaginary colorful landscapes used as background in Miuccia Prada's resort presentation spoke to the traveling gypsy theme of Prada's collection, as did the vividly hued costume jewelry—oversize hoop earrings in yellow, green, and red and armfuls of lightweight glass bangles. The clothes, however, stood firmly in the polished eras of the '30s and '40s with wallpaper prints on calf-length dresses paired with fur stoles and structured handbags. Pumps with faux coral and beaded embellishments mixed with neutral platform sandals and backless flats with ballerina ribbons in a collection where accessories most definitely took center stage.
>> Fall 2010 Prada Campaign Cast Revealed — Miranda Kerr Included —A number of current and former Victoria's Secret model appared on Miuccia Prada's Fall 2010 runway, but only one made the final cut for the accompanying Prada campaign: Miranda Kerr. She is reportedly joined by Valerija Kelava, Daria Strokous, and Angela Lindvall — the latter two who didn't walk the Fall 2010 Prada runway at all — and photographed by Steven Meisel. [@GB65, TFS]
Miu Miu's swallow-printed satin pumps, sweet cutout dresses, and skinny pantsuits were among the most memorable pieces from the spring 2010 collections, but Miuccia Prada wasn't the only one with her head in the clouds. Designers like Matthew Williamson, Ann Demeulemeester, and Tsumori Chisato were equally inspired by the avian world in their current collections. Prefer a more affordable version of the look? Try this D.I.Y project and create your own signature pair of swallow-printed tights.
The notoriously straight-shooting and often volatile chief executive of Prada, Patrizio Bertelli, is on the cover of the March issue of WSJ., out this Saturday. He is profiled along with wife Miuccia Prada in an article discussing among many things the couple's 30-year-long relationship, Prada's initial public offering, the company's debt build-up as a result of acquisitions in the 1990s, and the current household controversy over internet strategies and whether or not to dress celebrities.
The article opens with Bertelli shouting at Neiman Marcus' 72-year-old chairman, Burt Tansky, about how the Dallas-based department store displays its Prada merchandise. But thing really get interesting when the interviewer inquires about the brand's internet plans and brings up a recent U.S. newspaper article suggesting Prada was late to the online world compared with brands like Burberry. Miuccia Prada's reaction:
"I think it's bulls-. Why does showing a photo of someone wearing a trench coat online mean being open to the world? What's that got to do with anything?"
While Bertelli is trying to convince Prada to interact more online—both with bloggers and fans—she is adimentely opposed to Twitter and feels there something fundamentally wrong with the way other designers "throw random answers out there." Bertelli acknowledges hers is an "elitist response" to a "democratic" medium.
The article goes on to reveal another ongoing dispute over celebrity dressing: "He says that we are snobs and that we don't understand pop culture," Prada says.
When planning for the upcoming year, Bertelli's focus seems to be on store expansions and opening new boutiques in order to lessen Prada's dependance on U.S. wholesale businesses, like that of Mr. Tansky's. The complete article will be on newsstands March 13.
>> A casting surprise was promised, and Miuccia Prada delivered: Victoria's Secret regulars like Doutzen Kroes, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Bianca Balti all walked the labyrinthine runway — perhaps as a one-up to Givenchy, who cast Adriana Lima, and Balenciaga, who cast Kerr, in recent seasons. Also populating the Fall 2010 Prada cast: Lara Stone, Catherine McNeil in her first runway turn since a year ago, Mariacarla Boscono, Rose Cordero, and opener and closer Samantha Gradoville.
The show was preceded by cartoons portraying feminine cliches like "He loves me, he loves me not" while front rowers complained about the anchovy canapes handed out, but once the show started, it was all beehive hairdos, cat-eye librarian glasses, and A-line skirts in muted tones and vinyl-like finishes. Busts were enhanced with rows of ruffles and strategically placed darts, while knee-high pleated socks were finished off with pointy-toed patent pumps. A slow jazz soundtrack played, and the whole look — cable knit sweaters, sketchy plaid — earned a chorus of Mad Men comparisons. Apparently, when asked backstage, however, Miuccia said she had never seen the TV show. A video of the Prada show can be seen here.
>> Prada Cast Tomorrow to Reportedly "Surprise" — With London Fashion Week winding down, Milan really kicks off tomorrow with the likes of Fendi and Prada. The latter, whose model cast is always closely watched, is rumored to be worth keeping an eye on again this season: "Just when you thought Prada had no more surprises left...this line up will shake the earth with surprise.." Adds a commenter in response: "I can confirm that this is true...to a degree . . . it all depends on what your hopes are. there will be same-old but also surprises." The show will be livestreamed on Prada.com. [@ChrisINTERVIEWS, Fashin, Fashin, Prada]
UPDATE: More hints: "what do the current issue of LOVE and this seasons casting for Prada have in Common? I'm biting my tongue so hard it hurts." And "Madame Prada's avant-garde house is feeling the presence of a few rather...uhm... angelic beauties to twist up the cabine this season . . . Prada faves are being unconfirmed by the gaggle . . . Peeps are saying it's the house's answer to the CFDA's size and age question." [@ChrisINTERVIEWS, The Imagist]
If your favorite great auntie, who lived on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in the Sixties, opened up her closet and handed over a well-preserved collection of vintage fox fur jackets, plaid coat dresses with gold buttons and matching bottoms, and baby doll dresses with peter pan collars, you would not have to purchase a single item from Miuccia Prada's pre-fall collection for Miu Miu. However, if said relative and wardrobe does not exists, you can get the desired bourgeois vintage look with Prada's chunky, knitted mittens and knee-high socks when the collection lands in stores late this summer.
>> Sigrid Agren Is Back in the Game —Sigrid Agren, who skipped the Spring 2010 runway season and had nary a magazine editorial for a few months there, has reappeared. First, a shot in Vogue Italia's expansive, extensively-cast 80-page January 2010 editorial, and then yesterday, she appeared on the Prada Men's Fall 2010 runway in Milan — slightly blonder — as one of a handful of female models sporting Miuccia's Pre-Fall 2010 women's collection. [Fashin]
>> Unauthorized Miuccia Prada Biography Reportedly Taking Italy By Storm —Vita Prada, an unauthorized biography on Miuccia Prada which was released in Italy just before the holidays, is reportedly a bestseller in the country. The book, written by journalist Gian Luigi Paracchini, who covered fashion for twelve years at Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, chronicles how Miuccia first met future husband Patrizio Bertelli at a trade fair — he was selling bags, and she told him: "You're ripping off my bags." And of course, the infamous moment when Patrizio, known for his temper, reportedly smashed the mirrors in a Miu Miu store "because they make everybody look fat" is included. Miuccia's reaction to the book? Apparently: "I don't think I'm as big a b*tch as you think, but I had fun reading it." [Opera Chic]