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The Post of Washington Cheers the Miuccia

Friday, February 25th, 2005
By Manolo

Manolo says, here is the Robin Givhan of the Post of Washington on the Miuccia’s Milan show.

Only Miuccia Prada, in her signature collection, offered evidence that fashion can still be inspiring, that it can grow and shift its moods in almost an organic way.

Prada presented her collection Monday night in the industrial bareness of her loft space. It was a stripped-down, spare collection that was introduced with a single black dress, its beautiful seams sensually tracing the body. Evidence of this garment’s painstaking construction was clear. The essence of fashion — the fundamentals of assembly — was laid bare. This was not clothing that had been prettied up with a lot of flourishes, with ruffles, beads, sequins and the like. Here was a simple, pure aesthetic meal.

It is tempting to take the easy way out and to describe the Prada collection as minimalist, as an obvious swinging of the pendulum away from ornate clothes and toward something simpler. That is the way fashion tends to work, after all. Just when the industry gets consumers all juiced up for brooches and beadwork, it pronounces all of that over. But Prada is not that obvious.

These clothes are evidence of the way in which fashion can grow and evolve, of the way in which garments can reflect a designer’s confidence and innate sense of style.

Manolo says, one of the things that inspires the Manolo the most about the Miuccia herself is that she has the confidence in her own vision and abilities. She is the woman who clearly knows what she is capable of doing, of her own enormous strengths. There is the lesson in there for all of us.

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