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Prada Autumn/Winter 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Miuccia Prada's collection is a beautiful, bad romance

by Joanna Fu

1 Mar 2019

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Miuccia Prada's collection is a beautiful, bad romance

Continuing her menswear theme of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Miuccia Prada’s Fall/Winter 2019 Ready-to-Wear collection explored the “Anatomy of Romance” with a bricolage of graphic knits, lace panels, military codes and shapely cocktail dresses that came together in a classic Prada collage of love and fear. The set design was simple and lucid — an industrial metal runway lined with glowing lightbulbs that referenced the lovelorn antihero. The soundtrack medlied classic love songs with a violin version of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Snow White’s “Some Day My Prince Will Come.” The models looked equal parts gothic and idyllic with Wednesday Addams braids and bleached blonde eyebrows.

Miuccia brought a softness to the utilitarian by adding lace and cornflower blue, seen with Gigi Hadid’s curved military jacket, as well as fur, seen on the Linea Rossa line pieces, and sensuality seen in the heritage wool textiles that wrapped the female figure in soft ruched dresses with low necklines.

The street style-ready graphics saw the Bride of Frankenstein join the brand’s iconic monster emblem on a slip dress worn by Cara Delevingne, as well as vibrant floral prints that built up to the cardinal motif of the collection — the 3-D silk roses that drooped ever-so-slightly as if wilting, like a beautiful, melancholic image of love.

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