For Spring, The Strength Of Woman Roars With Conviction At Prada

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For spring, Muiccia Prada celebrated  a woman’s strength by making many bold statements.  There were lots of graphic shapes + bursts of color, interspersed by a woman’s femininity with emphasis on the bosom,  with keyholes cut into bright, solid shifts bedecked with chunky embroideries +  jeweled external bras.  Prada told WWD, ‘I’m fixated with the idea of women of strength.  There is a necessity to be strong, visible, fighters, + this is an encouragement to be out there + to do something.’  But to set the stage for such a revolution off right, Muiccia enlisted the talent of six contemporary artists, including street artists STINKFISH + MESA, to create murals depicting strong women, (inspired by Diego Rivera + other Mexican muralists).  

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(EL MAC, “Sueños y Polvo de Estrellas”)

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(GABRIEL SPECTER, “Colorful Women”)

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(PIERRE MORNET, “Trois Femmes”)

The portraiture could’ve been used ad nauseam but it constructively became the leifmotif of the collection, with the bold, colorful faces on dresses, coats + skirts.  Some were printed, jeweled + in fur intarsias, merged with high-gloss, demonstrative embroideries, colorblocking + intricate cuts.

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(MESA, “Senza Fine”)

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‘I’m fixated with the idea of women of strength.’

image(PIERRE MORNET “Trois Femmes”)

image(STINKFISH, “Tropical Wild Space Colour Girls”)

To further emphasize a woman’s strengths, models wore sporty leg warmers + Prada’s version of TEVA sandals (Although perceived as an ugly shoe, I’ve always thought, in the right color with the right pair of socks, would make them look cool.)

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(STINKFISH, “Tropical Wild Space Colour Girls”)

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‘There is a necessity to be strong, visible, fighters, + this is an encouragement to be out there + to do something.’

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(MESA, “Senza Fine”)

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(JEANNE DETALLANTE, “Beauty Masks”)

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(photos: Giovanni Giannini + Stéphane Fèugere)

Accessories were certain not to be left out, as portraits were also painted on them, as shown below, with striking results.

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(via WWD)

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