Never cute, never pretty, never literal, and definitely never safe, Prada is the black sheep of the world of established luxury brands. The fact that a major label has been able to market its specific, complicated vision of jolie laide to the masses is a real testament to the creativity and vision of Miuccia Prada.
For spring, she took florals, silks, and pinks, and flipped them on their head. With geisha-inspired details (exaggerated obi-style ties, thigh-grazing kimono shapes, modern sock-and-sandal getas) mixing with early 20th century Chinese tropes (think quilted silk jackets, red-trimmed long underwear, and high-necked qipaos), Prada's spring '13 collection undid the whole concept of spring florals, and we thank it for that.
Save for the footwear (we have a hard time seeing anyone wearing those in seriousness), the accessories just furthered our obsession with the designer. Prada really leads the pack when it comes to creating ridiculous, so-bad-it's-good extras we have to have. Those Groucho Marx glasses (with a floral unibrow), two-toned totes that look like lunch boxes, simple rosette jewelry… waiting until next spring to be able to see all of these in person seems akin to torture.
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