Prada Gets All Girl Power On Us For Spring '13

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.
Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo

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