Prada Fall/Winter 2017

by Paige Reddinger

Teenage Wasteland! Guests at Prada were invited to sit on benches interspersed with shaggy pink beds, which also served as chairs for some, and walls were plastered with posters. Welcome to the world of Gen Xers—the women who were fighting for equal rights, burning their bras, and being influenced by trailblazers like Gloria Steinem. Prada’s femme fatale isn’t pretty or sexy, but she’s definitely a cool intellectual. The opening looks included slouchy corduroys paired with crocheted bra tops and sea shell beaded necklaces. The hems of dresses were trimmed with ruffled knitwear. Furry mukluks and ostrich feather bonnets accessorized knit skirt suits. Female bombshells like Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot types were printed onto skirts and tops and pretty silk evening gowns were paired with over-the-knee leather go-go boots and chunky knit scarves. Lindsey Wixson wore a furry form-fitting knee-length fishtail dress in cherry red and a pair of heels. That strange mix of pretty, sexy, ugly, and dowdy is a Miuccia Prada signature that has an incredible way of influencing fashion in surprising ways season after season. Prada was flying high for Fall.

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