It may seem unlikely that a collection filled with kitten and puppy patterns would make up such a sophisticated looking runway show, but this is exactly what Miuccia Prada accomplished for Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2010. Born from the simple elegance of trousers and button downs, Prada’s mature palette is then intertwined with youthful motifs and playful iterations of classic cuts and silhouettes.
Dogs and cats weren’t the only patterns decorating the fine Miu Miu materials that graced the runway for spring/summer 2010, coupled with them were birds, flowers, and nude female figures; many of them often appearing together within one look – delicately applied to bags and platforms – or even juxtaposed on a single garment. Furthermore, between the collection’s highly styled opening looks and latter embellished baby-doll dresses, somehow, lies a sophisticated neutrality that meets the eye through streamlined pants and preppy collars.
From there, Prada was able to tease expectations by showing otherwise familiar silhouettes reinterpreted through unexpected cuts, finishes, and methods in layering; criss-crossing and peek-a-boo techniques felt to wink at the collection’s overall sense of curiosity and playfulness. Through these paradoxes, the garments themselves seemed to communicate a conversation around age, maturity, and the grey area between adolescence and adulthood.
If the show’s opening looks struck a chord with Miu Miu’s fresh-faced fanbase, the second act was sure to satisfy the brand’s youthful yet sophisticated devotees. Veering away from simple patterns and straightforward silhouettes into the world of sequins, rhinestone embellishment, and volume, Prada introduces a feeling of regality that demands attention. As the show concludes, it becomes apparent that Miuccia’s objective for Spring/Summer 2010 was to evoke feelings of the little girl present within every woman. Perhaps this girl is at odds with the maturity, power, and sophistication we strive to emulate as adults, or perhaps she drives it.