Prada SS 11

Prada delivered electric hits of orange, green, blue, and radioactive violet in deliberately plain cotton suits, like the most (extra)ordinary uniforms. That theme continued in all the stripes. Prisoner, postman, sailor, orderly: The uniforms might have taken a cue from her last—equally special—men’s collection, but they were also an evolution of Fall’s spectacularly womanly shapes. This time around, however, the glamour was raw, amplified by the pop-colored stoles the models were toting, the graphic silent-movie makeup by Pat McGrath, and the severely sensual outfits in basic black that closed the show as the soundtrack crackled with the static of an old tango record. Miuccia’s message was crystal-clear. As she said backstage, banana earrings vibrating: “It’s time to be bold.” And that’s one maxim that, with any luck, will rub off on the world at large. – Tim Blanks