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Prada Menswear Spring/Summer 2006

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
By Manolo

Manolo says, Ayyyyyyy! Our Muse the Miuccia she has again triumphed with her clothing for the men. Here is the article from the beautiful Samurai Suzy about her show yesterday in the Milan.

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.

Manolo says, this it is exactly right, exactly the reason the Manolo he loves the Miuccia, she makes the clothes for the real world. Her aesthetic it is egalitarian, and mostly functional, and yet, at the same of the time, it is also classic.

Here are the few of the pictures from the show.

Prada, Spring/Summer 2006, Milan
This sweater and pants and shirt, they are to the mind of the Manolo, superb. Perhaps they should not belong in the Spring/Summer line, but they are beautiful, and completely wearable.

Prada, Spring/Summer 2006, Milan
Again, this it is fashion for the real world. This, it is the way the young men they would really dress, in this casual manner.

Prada, Spring/Summer 2006, Milan
The Manolo he would not pair this shirt with this suit, but then the Manolo he is sometimes the overly stuffy traditionalist. However, having said that, the Manolo he is in the love with this suit.

Prada, Spring/Summer 2006, Milan
This, as with many of the shirts in this collection, it is something that one could wear only if one was both young and very handsome. However, these pants, they would be suitable for one, like the Manolo, with the more traditional middle-aged male figure.

Prada, Spring/Summer 2006, Milan

And finally, the appearance of our muse, peeking out from behind the curtain in her customary and charming pose.

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Prada Cufflinks

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005
By Manolo

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Manolo says, this it may well be difficult to believe, but in the opinion of the Manolo, these cufflinks from the Prada, they have too much Prada.

The Manolo he does not like the size of the “Prada” name, it is too large and too conspicuous for small item that should signal the taste of the wearer.

By the comparison, look at the cufflinks from the Bulgari.

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Bulgari Cufflinks - 18 Ct White Gold and Diamonds

You will notice that the name of the Bulgari it is present, but it is much less obtrusive.

Of the course, there is the qualitative difference between the two sets of the cufflinks. The Prada links of the cuff, they are only $200 of the the American dollars, while the first set of the Bulgari cufflinks are $1200 and the second, with the white gold and diamonds, is $4000 of the American dollars.

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The Leonardo at the Oscars

Monday, February 28th, 2005
By Manolo

Manolo says, here is the Leonardo Dicaprio in the Prada suit, one of the many men who wore the suit from the Prada last night.

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Tim Roth Prada

Thursday, February 17th, 2005
By Manolo

Manolo says, here are the Prada ads from the 1996 featuring the Tim Roth.

See, this it is the example of how the Miuccia she designs the clothes that have the feeling of the timeless classic. These clothes, from nearly the decade ago, they still feel fresh and stylish. This it is why the high cost for the Prada clothes it is justified.

Why the Manolo Started His Prada Blog

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005
By Manolo

Manolo says, undoubtedly many of the readers of the Manolo they have been wondering why the Manolo he started an entire blog devoted to the fashions and personalities of the Prada and why he was resistant to starting the blog about the mens fashion.

Here, in this article about the Milan menswear show, the Miuccia herself she tells you why.

By her own words, Miuccia Prada has decided to take menswear seriously. “It’s time to put the avant-garde behind, and analyze what men really want from fashion,” the designer said after her Monday preview presentation of a no-fuss, classical look for next winter. […]

“Let’s face it, men are conservative at heart,” Prada said.

Manolo says, this it exactly expresses the philosophy of the Manolo with regard to the dressing of the mens. The fashion of the man, it is about the classical forms and materials, this despite the long-standing attempts of the confused GQ-reading peacocks to bring about the radical change.

Manolo belives that if the man he can keep his shape, he can wear the same suit, if it is of the high quality and the classical tailoring, from the young manhood into his grave. The same it can be said of the mens shoes.

This it is why the Manolo, he did not initially want to start the blog about the fashion for the man, because it is not as exciting to the Manolo as the shoes for the women. (Ultimately, only the out crying of the masses in need presuaded the Manolo to relent.)

Manolo says, the Miuccia, she knows.

More from Milan

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005
By Manolo

Prada Men's Collection Fall/Winter 2005/2006

Manolo says, the clothes, they are cut very tight, but they look good.

B Movie Inspiration

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005
By Manolo

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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