Purple + piping = oh, yes please. Prada Fall 2014. All photos courtesy of ImaxTree.com.
Miuccia Prada does a swift trade in It pieces. Every season, she creates ultra covetable collections stocked with need-it-now items, which often have the added bonus of encapsulating the mood of the entire season. (
See Spring 2014 and its art meets fashion meets empowerment message.) Inspired by the cult film
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), Prada Fall 2014 was another success, incorporating colour blocking, vibrantly dyed shearling, mannish coats and a surprising sportif twist all grounded in German Expressionism. The presentation, meanwhile, incorporated a chain link fence surrounding the perimeter and a live orchestra, complete with a soloist—Barbara Sukowa who played Lola in
Petra—belting out Kurt Weill. Can you picture it? If not, don’t worry—it might all sound a little opaque, but the reaction sparked by the clothes is purely visceral. I’ll prove it to you: I’ve narrowed the collection down to five standout looks. These are the pieces you’ll be seeing on magazine covers, on celebrities, and, eventually, on the street. Ready?