Fashion Week

Prada Fall 2019

As close to Frankenstein's fiancée as to Morticia Addams, the Prada’s winter collection is a syncretism in itself.
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THE PLACE

The ground floor of the Fondazione Prada, in Milan, where 54 silhouettes strutted with determination among a cloud of filament bulbs on a catwalk made of steel sheets.  Evoking imagery of fields of will-o'-the-wisps, the Gothic imaginings present in this year’s fashion week are all the stronger because they were born from ultra-modernity.

SILHOUETTE

Expressionist, from all points of view.  Miuccia Prada relies as much on the gothic novels of Mary Shelley (the "mother” of Frankenstein) as on the Gothic counterculture born in London in the early 1980s, demonstrated by the films of Tim Burton.   A pair of 1950s silk crepe dresses, early-century lace bodices and military uniforms, including the Bomber Jacket worn by Gigi Hadid, demonstrate the juxtaposition felt by Miuccia Prada, who describes the contrast as, “Romance and fear, the two forces I most feel at the moment.”  

THE CASTING

Very convincing as the role of Christina Ricci, the English supermodel Cara Delevingne takes the lead in a cohort of "beginners" freshly spotted by Ashley Brokaw.  In the forefront of which is Dutch model Isa Peerdeman, who is still gaining recognition.

Prada Fall / Winter 2019 Womenswear Show
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