I' arrived back to colder and chillier weather when suddenly layering an elongated waistcoat over trousers over a high collared bejewelled shirt makes sense. I did say that the geometric equation would not stop at Jonathan Saunders' supremely appropriate A/W 12-3 collection. How could I NOT figure in Prada and Miu Miu at this point when Miuccia has been pushing shades and prints of the sort that might grace seventies yellowing furnitures, since the nineties. The one grumble about this collection that people had was that quite possibly, Miuccia was over-referencing her own archives – refining her own brand of "ugly-chic" and drumming it into you until you have nothing but geometric diamonds in shades of mustard, purple and grey in your head. That one faltering is precisely what makes both these Prada and Miu Miu A/W 12-3 collections so brilliant for me. Seeing the Prada/Schiaparelli exhibition at the Met only confirmed what are the parts of Prada that makes me an eternal devotee (even when she has her off moments) and this quote in particular has stuck with me.

"If I have done anything, it is to make ugly appealing. In fact, most of my work is concerned with destroying—or at least deconstructing—conventional ideas of beauty. Fashion fosters clichés of beauty, but I want to tear them apart."

So yes – an elongated waistcoat over a pair of trousers over a shirt with shoes that go clomp-clompity-clomp and a granny snap purse almost goes out of its way to be heinous but fortunately, most of us have long been converted to Miuccia's way of seeing things. Or at the very least, she makes us question our ideals of beauty even if we can't personally subscribe to the look at hand. In my case, there's no doubt that the more geometrically complicated and embellished the look, the more my heart soars. When the period of black embellished coats and waistcoats came out like a retro/future funereal march, I could almost feel that something more jovial was around the corner. Indeed, it was going to be a visual onslaught that basically had me foaming at the mouth in the showroom after the show as I zoomed in on every bit of embroidery and every print/embellishment combination.

Likewise for Miu Miu, the more that the trouser suits look like they may have possibly been Austin Powers costume back-ups, the better. The idea of a ruffled tie embellished with mirror embroidery almost sounds like an abomination on paper but again, with the clompity-clomp platforms that Miu Miu are also adept at rigourously producing. Bjork's Violently Happy was the perfect accompaniment to what was my last show of the A/W 12-3 season, a culmination of the mood for the season that really took something that is achingly familiar and still managed to triumph with a revived and refreshed feeling.

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Comments (18)

  1. TraN says:

    That’s so fricking amazing!!

  2. Rhoda Wong says:

    mixed prints are the most interesting thing to look at!
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  3. EUGENIA says:

    YES , MIU MANAGET TO MAGICALLY OVERSTAMP MY BRAIN WITH THESE GEO PRINTS, I CANT STP THINKING ABOUT THEM AND WONDER HOW LONG THEY WILL LAST
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  4. malu says:

    funky collection! dont like the shoes though:p
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  5. Nancy says:

    omg so many patterns and shiny objects! I love this!! especially the shoes.
    -Nancy
    http://imartisticallychallenged.blogspot.com

  6. Tara says:

    These prints and patterns are so bold and intense… I feel it would take someone with a cool head and great, big dose of “fashion-fearlessness” to wear them from head to toe.
    However, paired and down and simplified – yes, that would dilute the potency of the print somewhat, but I think it’s necessary – with a plain blouse or simple pencil skirt, these pieces will stand out even more and be far more wearable for the masses.
    Best Wishes,
    Tara

  7. WMBG says:

    awesome pictures!
    WMBG

  8. Oh my goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood why couldn’t PRADA do this for men.
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  9. Deadly Bite says:

    Those prints are truly incredible. But I have to say I’ve just fallen in love with the embroidery on the jackets. Amazing work! *O*

  10. Sari Purdy says:

    She looks great! I love the designs and the prints are just but great. Looks like a Miss. Independent.

  11. Noe Farrell says:

    Wow! What a funky collection! I just love everything in your collection. Where will I find those geometric stuff? I really die for them!

  12. alex says:

    We want more graphic geometric prints they make the world a better place in my eyes!

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