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Prada, Missoni and Pucci at Milan Fashion Week

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Prada AW13


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Prada's AW13 show was grown up and sophisticated, with a distinct 40's flavour. Fur was a feature, from coats to oversized fur trimmed cuffs, and cinched waists prevailed. The allure in Prada's provocateurs was amplified by wet tousled locks giving way to exposed shoulders whilst below the knee skirt length provided a curiously conservative counterpoint. Accessories, the driver of many a mega luxury brand, took the shape of 70's influence platformed sandals and covetable bowling bags.

Sultry and cinematic Prada’s AW13 show was a doing it like a lady and then some... Of course Miuccia's lady is not your average femme, rather a villainess spy who wreaks revenge, jilts lover, and escapes through rainstorm in dark of night.  Well that was our take on it anyway….

Missoni AW13

 

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An easy, rather undone, elegance is what is in store for Autumn/Winter 2013 if Angela Missoni has a crystal ball. Strong, simple, classic looks that were sports luxe and modestly skin flashing formed the basis of a collection that was casually disrobed.  Shifts in alternating textures, chic feminine lines, narrow tube dresses, plenty of belting and the odd flash of texture gave us lots to think about.

With swept back hair, the models took an almost androgynous look but over the knee stocking style knitted tights and tall boots gave the collection a sexy kick.  Knitwear of course was omnipresent, from ombrè style colour shift to the traditional Missoni patterns.  We loved the dresses with the peek-a-boo squares and the flash of neons alongside muted cobalt blue and olive green.  Knitwear has gotten naughty.

Show report: Jade Stokes

Pucci AW13


Images from vogue.co.uk

On to the grand Palazzi Serbelloni, for Pucci’s AW13 collection and, after falling in love with the silky Chinoiserie of SS13, we were pretty excited about this one. On an intimate runway soon populated by full-fringed models with a serious 60s vibe appeared a ‘playful and unapologetically optimistic’ collection that made no bones about being ultra mini and pretty glam.  Peter Dundas dipped into the Pucci archives for inspiration, reviving the 1960s Otto print and recreating it in pattern and beading that was chaotic-ordered and clashy-matched.

Nuances of powder blue, pink and camel made up a 'sugar-inflected’ palette that was balanced and anchored by monochrome. Textures were varied – a feather-as-fur trimmed cape, statement fur jacket, delicate lace panels and saucy leather shorts kept things interesting.  We particularly loved the top of the thigh suede boots and the super sassy shorts.

Show report: Jade Stokes

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