Prada and the Ethnic Elements Within

Over the past two days, designers in Milan have been compelling us with their personal treasure chests of fashion mementos. Prada emphasised this trend with a venue space that was adorned with nostalgic postcards and adverts from a bygone era that all bore the Prada name.

 


The Prada Fall/Winter 2017 ready-to-wear show in Milan (by Guillaume Roujas for NOWFASHION)

 

It would be superficial to break such an elaborate collection down into simple terms. So, let’s take a look at some of the ethnic elements hidden under the opulent embroidery, the whimsical floral patterns and the golden accents.

1. Inuit - One of the hallmarks of this fall/winter collection were the furry snow boots/moccasins fastened with cute leather ribbons. This tribal look took us directly to the shores of the Bering Strait.

2. Flamenco - When model Lindsey Wixon sashayed onto the runway in a fire engine red dress with a romantic trumpet skirt, we could hear the guitar and the patter of dancing shoes all the way from the streets of Seville.

3. Early Hollywood - The Alpine star floral, the beaded tassels and the flamboyant feathers all called to mind the divas of the silent film era.

4. Swinging London - Pageboy hats, belted boots and retro, body-con, patchwork leather coats were an unmistakable salute to the days when Twiggy and Mary Quant ruled the London scene.

5. Cowboys vs. Indians  - Vibrantly embroidered leather jackets, exaggerated stitching and electric feathered headdresses offered an Italian spin on the bloody battles that shaped the southern United States.

From the ethnic to the iconic, the rich mix of themes was drawn together with Miuccia Prada's unconventional eye which keeps the house out of the mainstream and in a league all of its own.

 

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