"It's a vision of what's happening in the world right now with women. On videos and TV all of the women look fake. I wanted to show this plasticized vision, but filtered through classic pieces and sticking to tradition."
So said Miuccia Prada to Style.com after her A/W 07-8 show, which used fabrics to express the dichotomy between the natural and the unnatural – wool against nylon, silk mixed with polyester, leather lined with neoprene. Let's give it up for this Fake Plastic Trees ideology once again as I've recently rediscovered this collection through the mighty power of my favourite online hunting ground and designer consignment shopping. Two lucky finds on Yoox.com and a Rag Tag in Tokyo meant that this quilted nylon/silk/poly blended pink poloshirt and pleated A-line skirt could be reunited together in my wardrobe. I couldn't help but bring this union together with Miuccia's much-loved shot of camel courtesy of a well-worn (and evidentlly well-pilled) Marni coat, the all-natural wool socks of Ayame and a pair of Jason Wu's Terese patent oxfords. Another chance encounter with Miu Miu through a patent sou'wester hat, meant that I could conjure up images of a Mei from My Neighbour Totoro meets fisherman slash explorer character in my head, as often happens when I get dressed. Today, thanks to an outing to LN-CC in Dalston, I also got to match this outfit with the perfectly unvarnished wood of Gary Card's amazing set build inside the concept store that needs to be on every London visitors' to-do list. Naturally (or unnaturally?) other Miu Miu campaigns and a few other bits of miscellany cropped up when I was editing these pictures down…
This Miu Miu memory also happens to coincide with a Miu Miu occurence that is coming to London next week, which I'm frizzling with excitement over. Miu Miu is opening up a temporary female members club, based in the legendary Caf√© Royal on Regent Street, and it will only be there for a fleeting three days only (27th-29th Nov). We're promised days of shopping, cinema, culture, food and discussion thanks to a pop-up store selling the resort 2013 collection, food residencies featuring female chefs such as Margot Henderson and April Bloomfield and conversations from journalists like Alice Rawsthron and Penny Martin and the Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright. Plus afternoon tea and drinks (the hard stuff) until 2am in the morning. All of this information revealed itself in a beautifully produced mini dossier which is a definite keepsake. The Miu Miu website has also been taken over with all things relating to the The Miu Miu London club as a mysterious Girl in London is blogging away the little tidbits about this inspired temporary happening. A live stream of the conversations will also play out on the site. I'll be down there in person as much as I can, hanging out, pigging out and hopefully enrichening my brain. Or at least that's the lofty intention. I'll leave you with The Miu Miu London manifesto…
The answer to the simple question ‚ÄúWhat will I wear today?‚Äù has deep implications, and in that choice is power.
The power to control who we are and how we are perceived.
The will to construct identity ‚Äî to recognize, play with, and bend the conventions of fashion to our own ends ‚Äì is the prerogative of the intelligent woman.
We are not manipulated, we set our own agendas.
Fashion is but one of our many interests.
The MiuMiu is our club.
The MiuMiu is a roving members club where the often-contradictory elements of the fashion system co-mingle:
creativity and shopping,
conformity and expressiveness,
intellectualism and frivolity.
(Miu Miu A/W 07-8 campaign photographed by Mert & Marcus modelled by Laetitia Casta, Miu Miu A/W 95-6 campaign photographed by Ellen von Unweth modelled by Drew Barrymore, Miu Miu S/S 00 campaign photographed by Unk modelled by Jenny Vetheuer all from The Fashion Spot, Still from My Neighbour Totoro, Sondra Peterson photographed by Irving Penn from American Vogue September 1962, "Learning by Heart" painting by Nikolaos Gyzis (1883), Fisherman in sou'wester c. 1910-11 from National Maritime Museum, Hand painted merino wool from Etsy, Q-Pot ice cream ring from Opening Ceremony, Scans from Nancy Honey's Woman to Woman monograph)