I love -- no, adore -- Miuccia Prada as a designer. She's consistently in my Ideal Wardrobe Top Five. But I have to tell you, I'm not sure I ever want to have dinner with her. Not because I don't think she's a nice person, I have no reason to believe she's not; but because I'm pretty sure she's really much, much smarter than me. Too much smarter than me. I'm afraid our conversation would consist of her expounding on politics, economics, and art (the woman has a PhD in political science, for god's sake, and she and her husband are going to be opening a museum in Milan solely for the purpose of displaying their contemporary art collection) while I gazed at her like a lovesick teenager and occasionally piped up with inanities like, "Oh, Ms. Prada. I love your clothes so much!"
I do love her clothes so much, although sometimes, I'll admit, they're challenging. That's why I like 'em. This collection, as far as I could tell, might have been titled "Fall '09: Mad Max Visits the English Countryside by Way of the Coliseum."
Yeah. I know.
The collections started with a series of slightly oversized basics in a very heavy, stiff-looking blanket wool.
The leathers were gorgeous
Besides the wacky waders
Bags are always the steam behind the engine at Prada, and there were some very good ones
On the whole I think it's a great collection. It's a wee bit indigestible in places, but it certainly tickles my gray matter, and there's actually quite a bit in it I found very wearable. I don't think it's going to sell as well as some of Prada's previous work, or as some other designers this season. These clothes are not as obvious a response to the economic climate we're suffering through as Marc Jacobs' exuberant time traveling escape back to the nightclubs of 1980's New York, or the several-season bang-for-your-buck sleek basics of Michael Kors. Miuccia Prada, I suspect, is not that linear a thinker, and is a much more subtle designer. But I really liked these clothes, even the ones I didn't like, for simultaneously evoking the discomfort most of us are feeling these days and suggesting a balm for it.