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Manolo says, here is the article talking about the latest men’s show in the Milan.

The next time someone asks you what you plan to wear when carrying out a particularly tricky assassination, an unlikely eventually I grant you, tell them it will be something from the Prada winter collection shown Monday evening in Milan. […]

Banished from the catwalk — make that gangplank — were the traditional Prada nerds. Instead, we welcomed in a new era of hunky hitmen. Not ugly mobsters but deadly pretty boys, the sort Alain Delon would have hung with in French classic crime movie Le Samurai.

Dropped as well were the gadgets and computer toys that accessorised recent Prada men’s seasons. Apart from a few thin ties, dreadful woolen gloves that looked like a very bad stylist’s ploy and one purple leather bag, there was not a furnishing in sight.

Don’t get us wrong, this was an very fine collection, whose very simplicity was its greatest strength. It opened with a half-dozen camel hair looks, splendid coats, snug suits — all of them creased from a continental flight, or was it a night in a car waiting patiently to perpetrate a crime? Most of them were worn on naked torso, the better to highlight their precise construction and unexpected sex appeal. And when the night turns cold, then Miuccia had neat little Moroccan skullcaps — a few in leather with grommets — to keep Luca Brassi’s head warm.

Sleek black wool redingotes, excellent tooled leather suits and a speckled herring bone duster were each impeccable. The footwear, a notable collection of suede boots and loafers, came with worn toes. Standing around for a capo in the rain does have its downfall.

“I wanted tougher, but more human,” Miuccia told FWD backstage. Her inspiration — “italian kings of the b’s,” a series of movies dating from 1949 to 1976, shown in the Fondazione Prada art space in collaboration with the Venice Biennale.

Manolo says, the Miuccia she was striving for a tough, but stylish chic, which she accomplished. As the Manolo he has said before, he thought it was a very good show, and in general a very good collection.

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