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Vroom! Vroom! Prada Pays Homage to the Auto

  • by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 7:10 pm
  • September 23, 2011

Prada 2012 Spring Collection

Vroom! Vroom! The coveted banana prints on Miuccia Prada’s past collection was widely praised for it’s bravery in turning the tacky into the terrific – and it seems it’s an itch Prada can’t help but scratch. In fact, in describing her process Prada uses the phrase: making the ugly beautiful. We’ll leave you to judge for yourself, but this season Prada eschews bananas and brings on yet another wacky inspiration to wow the critics: cars. More specifically “Women and Car Engines” in a 2012 Spring runway showing offset by a stage full of Styrofoam sports cars.

Prada 2012 Spring Collection

Prada 2012 Spring Collection

The critics are wooing and wondering, as they do, just what Prada is “saying” with her latest and greatest creations. For instance, the New York Times’ Cathy Horyn pondered:

Men are a little obsessed about beautiful cars and women, so Ms. Prada seemed to be referring to the objectification of women. “Does a woman feel obliged to be sweet” in society, she asked, “or is it a choice?” That question has been pondered for years. Next spring, Prada will have a lot of clothes that won’t wait for the answer, including those pleated chiffon dresses with scooped necklines and a gelato swirl of color, a pleated skirt in a wonderful shade of deep red, and lots of separates that are easier to integrate into your wardrobe than Prada’s last collection.

Prada 2012 Spring Collection

And WWD, calling the clothes “gorgeous,” expounded thus:

Once again, Prada left her audience breathless with a spring collection dazzling on many levels: its refinement, its subtle intricacy, its modesty — yes, modesty — that was ironic or not, as suits your pleasure… Even with its retro car imagery (including a giant Chevy, or not a Chevy, plastered on a model’s posterior) this lineup played as all chic, with endless gloriously adult wardrobe options.

Of course there were other prints too… and lots of them. Think sunburst, kaleidoscopic and bursting florals – whether paired together or solo, the collection is a veritable study in patterns.

Prada 2012 Spring Collection

Prada 2012 Spring Collection

And whether this is a statement on the political niceties of being a woman or simply an homage to retro auto-chic, the collection is without a conversation piece. So… tell us what you think? Would you?

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