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Prada Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2015 Milan

Inside the isolating industrial metal boxes that made up the Prada set this season, designer Miuccia Prada let germinate a delightfully girly collection filled with pastel-hued pieces that reveled in their sugar sweet innocence.

As one fresh-faced model after another took to the catwalk, their hair pulled back into charming ponytail buns pinned to one side by rhinestone flower clips, they conveyed a youthful energy. They were endearing in their baby doll dresses worn with Amal Clooney-like shoulder-length gloves, and more often than not finished off with shirts in a contrasting color underneath. It was almost as if the models were playing dress-up and got a bit nervous about showing too much skin. Ditto the sculptural neoprene suiting adorned with big floral brooches. The cropped pants and shorter jackets accentuating the idea that the girls had recently gone through a growth spurt but wouldn’t give up wearing their favorite Prada pieces.

The collection’s colorful tweeds, tricked out with strips of fur in contrasting shades, made the old school material look ultra modern. And the idea of taking the pattern of the weave and blowing it up into a pixilated print, to use on dresses and coats, was a brilliant and original interpretation.

Later in the show those baby doll dresses returned. This time featuring fur bows at the shoulders and vertical bands of crystals sprouting from the hemline like rows of shimmering budding blooms. In these outfits the models, their hands protected by crocodile gardening gloves, hovered on the cusp of sartorial womanhood.

One would think that a collection as youthful as this one would be destined for Prada’s Miu Miu brand. A line that ostensibly is meant for the designer’s younger customers. But wasn’t it Oscar Wilde who said that youth is wasted on the young?