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Miuccia Smiles

Thursday, January 27th, 2005
By Manolo

Manolo says, the Miuccia she smiles upon us and our human weaknesses.

Prada Handbag

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005
By Manolo

Prada Satin Handbag with Flowers BN0933

Manolo says, this Prada handbag that looks like the briefcase, its wit makes the Manolo smile.

The Helmut Lang Quits

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005
By Manolo

Manolo says, here is the article from the New York Times about the quitting of the Helmut Lang, who was, in addition to having his own line, the creative director at the Prada. The article it is filled with the talk of the business of fashion, but the Manolo he presents it here for this portrait of the Miuccia and her husband.

Prada, which took a controlling stake in the Helmut Lang brand in 1999, announced Mr. Lang’s resignation as creative director, which comes only two months after another Prada Group designer, Jil Sander, resigned from her label – for the second time. Associates of both designers said they quit for the same reasons: clashes over creative direction and frustrations with the financial support of Patrizio Bertelli, chief executive of Prada. Mr. Bertelli is married to the Prada designer Miuccia Prada.


Analysts who have followed Prada, which has repeatedly announced – and withdrawn – plans to go public, expressed some concern over Prada’s strong confidence in its ability to turn a profit at Helmut Lang. Similar faith in the potential of Ms. Sander’s label was offered after her first departure in 2000, but profits disintegrated.

“Prada has always had a very independent attitude,” said Gilbert W. Harrison, chairman of the investment bank Financo. “They evidently have not learned from their past experience. Mr. Bertelli is a very independent person, and his wife is just as independent. Their attitude is that they own this business and they’re going to do what they want with it.”

Others were less quick to paint Mr. Bertelli as the aggressor, noting that Mr. Lang also has a reputation for being stubborn, refusing to work with fabrics or techniques he deemed inferior even if lower costs would help the bottom line. During a peak moment of influence for the designer in the late 90’s, his decision to move his fashion collection from Paris to New York and to present it several weeks early created an industry-wide ripple as others followed his lead. Sales were as high as $100 million. But since selling to Prada, the Helmut Lang business has shrunk considerably, to $37 million in 2003, the company reported. “I always think it’s a challenge when the creative force of a company leaves his own brand,” said Ron Frasch, the chief merchant of Saks Fifth Avenue. “That said, it’s probably a more significant issue when the company has been commercially successful, versus when it has not. Obviously, Mr. Bertelli wouldn’t have done this if he didn’t think there was the potential to begin to diminish his losses.”

Manolo says, the Prada it is indeed as the Times says, very independent.

Urban, Yet Country

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005
By Manolo

Manolo says, here is the article on the Fall/Winter Miu Miu collection for the mens.

For fall-winter 2005/2006, the Miu Miu collection accomplishes what other designers merely aspired to do — bring a gentlemanly country feeling into an urban environment. Wonderful camel coats, boxy velvets tuxedos, worsted wool suits and brilliant faux patchwork paisley shirts would look equally at home in the English and Italian countryside or inside London, Milan and New York. Miuccia used a similar vocabulary in her Prada show, classic staples in a men’s wardrobe, yet managed to take it much further in Miu Miu.

“Urban, yet country,” the designer told FWD.

The single best idea was using Shetland tweeds in gentlemanly suits and snug pants in old-fashioned materials. One in oatmeal bore an uncanny resemblance to a suit my own mother had made back in the sixties, so traditional was the fabric.

Manolo says, the Miu Miu collection it was, like the Prada collection, very good.

However, the Manolo he must now take the exception with all of the belting. Our Miu Miu, she is the genius, but she, of the course, also human, and so she makes the mistakes. Some they can be charming. Others, like the over belting, not.

The belts on the male models, they were too much distracting. See…

Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2005/2006Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2005/2006

Manolo says, even the great ones, they make the mistakes.

Turlington Prada Ad From The Past

Monday, January 24th, 2005
By Manolo

Christy Turlington for Prada

Manolo says, here is the picture of the Christy Turlington modeling for the Prada ad. The Manolo he thinks this it is from sometime in the mid-90s, but he is not sure of the exact date.

Miuccia Sitting

Monday, January 24th, 2005
By Manolo

Manolo says, here is the picture of our Miuccia, sitting on the steps at the Prada epicenter in the New York.

Miu Miu For The Blizzard

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005
By Manolo

Miu Miu Womens Shoes Spring - Summer 2005  Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the snow it is falling, in the home you are stuck, so why not put on the sandals from the Miu Miu’s Summer 2005 collection and dream of the sandy beaches and better weather.


Thursday, January 20th, 2005
By Manolo

Prada Womens Wallets Fall - Winter 2004/05 - Lighted Keyring   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, after all the seriousness of the Milan show, we’re now ready for the Prada frivolity.

Prada Ad

Thursday, January 20th, 2005
By Manolo

Manolo says, here is another that needs no comment.

More News From The Milan

Thursday, January 20th, 2005
By Manolo

Manolo says, here is another newspaper article on the Milan show.

The House of Prada prides itself on artisan touches which provide the quirky, intellectual flavour that sets it out from other Milanese menswear designers. Previous seasons have seen Perspex buckles, ties embroidered with mirrored discs and Op Art silk cravats.

Last night’s Autumn/Winter 2005 Prada collection took a different tack, however, being breathtaking in its simplicity. Yes, there were jet-beaded woolly hats and Afghan caps with square NHS-style spectacles, but these trimmings are easily removed to reveal the perfect camel cashmere overcoat, sculpted chocolate brown suede jeans, fluffy black angora sweaters and truly lovely navy double-breasted suits.

Manolo says, the Prada clothes, they are for the couture for the thinking peoples.

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