Thursday, 7 March 2013

MFW Prada FW 13/14 and the Prada Store in Galleria Vittoria Emanuelle II, Milan! Xx

Our favourite looks from Prada FW13/14

Above: the Duomo in Milan

The archway to the left of the Duomo above is the entrance to 
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Here is the Prada store where Mario Prada,
 the grandfather of Miuccia Prada started 
 as a maker of leather bags trunks and
 travel accessories in the early 1900s

It has a black and white floor and exquisite shop fittings 
commissioned from a London firm in 1913.
On 24 January 2012 The Prada shop reopened
on 6 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, 
 newly extended and designed by
 by Architect Roberto Baciocchi.
The building's façade looks like this original Prada store 
in Milan's Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Check my Post:

Prada and Louis Vuitton in the Galleria Vittoria Emanuelle II
(Louis Vuitton opened a store in the mirror image building
in September 2004)

Check my Post on the SS13 show:

There are also stores in Via Montenapoleone 6 and 8, 
Via della Spiga 1 and 5 

The Prada Foundation

Prada has mada a considerable contribution to Italy's art scene.
The Fondazione Prada is at Via Fogazzaro 36 on the corner of Via Cadore
02 5467 0515
Located in a former bank archive, this gallery is amazing.
Two exhibitions a year: March to May, and October to December
Previous artists have included Thomas friedman Michael Heizer, 
Anish Kapoor, Marc Quinn and Carsten Holler.

Check my Posts re Prada and the arts:

Check also my Post on Prada's
Collaboration with Film Director Roman Polanski

So what of the AW13/14 Collection?

These were 40s hitchcock heroines.
Behind the catwalk there were images of birds,
 cats, shadows, and drapes -
a brooding film noir atmosphère.

Miuccia Prada presented classic formal clothes, tailoring, 
pinafore dresses over cardigans worn casually almost carelessly 
with buttons and zips undone but tightly belted.

There is tweed in grey, cinnamon, green, rust and ochre,
wide striped tweed in red/blue, cinnamon/black, 
black/brown and cinnamon/blue;
check in blue/brown, brown/cream, red/white;
gingham check in powder blue and powder pink.
Leather is in black, red, turquoise, emerald
gold and silver.
There is alligator leather and grey suiting with 
wide fur trims.

We love the jewelled black dresses 
and skirts and net dresses worn with fur coats.
Accessories are wide belts, 
chunky ankle boots, and platform sandals 
with buckles and zips,
punk style in black silver, turquoise and gold.
Check the large Mary Poppins bags.

Hair was gelled and mussed (just come out the psycho shower), 
eyes were smuged smoky, and lips stained dark mulberry

janet leigh in her shower scene in psycho
tippi hedren in hitchcock's the birds

Take a look at the show:

Check also my Post on miu miu AW3/14

Until next time J Xx

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