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Miuccia Speaks of the Clothes | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Miuccia Speaks of the Clothes

Our Muse!

Manolo says, the Miuccia she has unveiled her spring/summer men’s collection for the 2006, and the beautiful Samurai Suzy she has passed the judgement…it is the triumph!

In her fresh, clean-cut show and in her wise words, Miuccia Prada put into perspective the malaise pervading high fashion menswear, which other Italian designers have tried to face off with vivid color and graphic pattern for summer 2006.

“Fashion should become more egalitarian. I am not interested in dealing with a few sophisticated people,” Prada said. “Crisscrossing everything is the main issue: the need to face the huge world and to appeal to new countries and new customers.”

So for Prada, Monday’s show was a stark return to basics: to the skinny silhouette, to fabrics treated with techno shine, to nylon work-wear, to hosiery-fine sweaters and to symbols to identify the label. And being Prada, with her penchant for a communist/populist aesthetic, that meant stars (but not necessarily red) printed on shirts, neckties or decorating the new must-have nylon backpack – along with hearts to put soul into a sober collection.

The result was a show of those perfectly judged and wearable clothes on which Prada built its empire. But the reprise did not include her much-copied brief coat, short boxy suits or sour colors. In fact, Prince of Wales tailoring was classic, and there was a wry sweetness to an aqua blue suit, to a dusty pink shirt or a moss green sweater. Pants with softening pleats offered a new cut.

Why is Prada so often ahead of the pack? Because she has an ability to invent new menswear classics as if they had always existed. After a few seasons of kooky effects, any piece of this show – and that includes the head-wrap hats – could have walked right out on silvered sneakers or smart leather shoes onto the Milan streets. It was fashion for the real world and for its future.

For the Manolo there is much that must be discussed from this show and from this article. First, we must address the wise words of the Miuccia herself.

“Fashion should become more egalitarian. I am not interested in dealing with a few sophisticated people,” Prada said. “Crisscrossing everything is the main issue: the need to face the huge world and to appeal to new countries and new customers.”

Manolo says, the regular readers of the Manolo know that this, this egalitarian approach to the fashion, it is the bedrock philosophy of the Manolo. Being super fantastic, it is something we should all strive to achieve, and the beautiful clothes and the beautiful shoes they should be for everyone who wishes to do so.

Yes, not every piece of every collection is able to be worn by every person, but the designers who are important they are making clothes that are wearable by the real peoples, not the clothes that are simply the ridiculous runway statements.

The democratization of fashion and beauty, it is one of the trends that is, in the humble opinion of the Manolo, changing the world. As more people they become better educated, they are demanding the beauty and the good design in their own lives. (This it is the special topic of the Manolo’s internet friend the Virginia Postrel.)

What the Miuccia and the Suzy Menkes recognize is that the best fashion it will appeal not just to the cognscenti, but to the wider world. This, what we are speaking of, it is not the mass clothing of the Wal-Mart (although to some of the extent it eventually trickles down to the Wal-Mart) but it is instead the idea that the new tools of the medias, they have enabled ordinary peoples living in the ordinary places to become carefully attuned to fashion and beauty, to the point where they wish to have these things in their own lives. And the search for the suitable, flattering, and appealing individual style, it has become the true quest, the true desire of millions.

This, it is why the Suzy Menkes she ends her discussion of the show of the Prada with the words, “It was fashion for the real world and for its future.” The future, which has already arrived, it is the democratization of fashion, and the desires, which will be satisfied, of individuals everywhere to wear beautiful clothes.

P.S. The Manolo he has the few picture from the show and comments about them over at his Prada blog.

11 Responses to “Miuccia Speaks of the Clothes”

  1. the stella June 28, 2005 at 12:43 pm #

    The Stella says “Amen” to the Manolo. so well said.

  2. CrankyBiscuit June 28, 2005 at 12:53 pm #

    The Evil Lagerfeld could learn something from Miuccia.

    That said, I would like to steal the shoes right off her feets.

  3. Liz June 28, 2005 at 1:54 pm #

    I love Prada but I did get a pretty big chuckle that anything Prada could be referred to as having a “communist/populist ethic”. I guess there’s more money in communism than there used to be. Even if I go over to Bluefly, a Prada jacket is going to set me back a good $1,000 which I doubt much of the population can afford. That being said, she’s still fabulous!

  4. Liz II June 28, 2005 at 3:53 pm #

    “Fashion should become more egalitarian.”

    Perhaps a drop in prices is in order, then!

  5. deja pseu June 28, 2005 at 7:09 pm #

    The Miuccia is indeed most lovely and wise, and has the most excellent taste in the shoes.

  6. Pioggia June 28, 2005 at 8:12 pm #

    I thought you’d like this Hasselhoff video….



  7. dan June 29, 2005 at 6:28 pm #

    If Muccia likes the Communist aesthetic, she should stop making thrift-store shirts that cost 800 dollars. Lip service is always easy.

  8. whyme63 June 30, 2005 at 9:46 am #

    I quite like what she’s wearing in that photo. And she should wear the heels more often–they do lovely things for her legs.

  9. sandra June 30, 2005 at 12:45 pm #

    I love to see her at the end of her shows–she looks like a regular person, you are right, her clothes are so wearable. hmmmm==love those shoes

  10. desertwind September 20, 2005 at 4:28 pm #

    Growing old is a very, very odd phenomenon. The middle-age is like some sort of adolescent confusion. Your body, your face, your hormones suddenly take off on their own while your mind says: Hey! I thought I knew myself.

    All you can do is hang on for the ride!

    And, start using a good moisturizer.

    You can’t fool Mother Nature.


  11. biff October 12, 2005 at 9:30 pm #

    Has anyone noticed that Forbes has named the Miuccia one of the “Best Dressed Billionaires”?