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.
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