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Brief Published: 24 Feb 2012

MFW A/W 12-13: Prada


Always a much-anticipated Milan collection, Italian fashion house Prada showed its Autumn/Winter 2012-13 line yesterday, with print, colour and silhouette all demonstrating Stylus’ Hide & Seek industry trend.

A bold new silhouette was put forward, with layered skirts and coat-dresses over tailored trousers creating a new direction. While skirts over trousers has been a styling trend bubbling under the surface since Resort 2012, the layering technique has previously been shown with micro kilts and skirts over tailored, tight trousers, as demonstrated by Givenchy for Spring/Summer 2012. Prada’s use of mid-calf length A-line skirts and coats with ankle-length trousers covered fresh ground for a new and innovative proportion.

The layering of geometric jacquard prints made for a hologram effect that resonates closely with the idea of anaglyphic illusions illustrated in Stylus’ Hide and Seek concept. Gaudy, chunky embellishment on collars, cuffs and coat lapels added additional interest and a feeling of quirkiness to the already eye-catching looks. Coat-dresses with empire-line belts made for elongated silhouettes and allowed for a flash of the printed skirts and trousers underneath. Exposed midriffs with mid-length, kilt-style, skirt-and-trouser combinations hinted at the 1990s grunge era, while the tailored, belted suits in head-to-toe psychedelic prints that closed the show had a retro, late 1960s to early 1970s aesthetic.

A total departure from the mid-century modern pastels presented for S/S 12, the palette resonated strongly with Stylus' Hide and Seek colour projections, with combinations of Auburn, Cinnabar and Rhododendron in prints. The murky hue of Titanium yellow, commonly associated with retro interiors, was another prominent colour seen throughout the collection.

Milan Fashion Week continues until the March 28 2012.

Milan Fashion Week