Prada in the swing with monkey motif
The brightly coloured and boldly patterned Prada Spring and Summer 2011 women's collection was unveiled yesterday during Milan Fashion Week. Alessandro Garofalo/ REUTERSThere's nothing understated in the colours, orange, green and royal blue; the stripes, decisively bold; and the patterns, from bananas to cherubs to monkeys. But there are also frills for a more feminine touch.
Miuccia Prada's skirts are tight-fitting and to the knee, but matched with looser jackets or tops. The outfits are paired with wedged sneakers high enough to give basketball court advantage.
The look becomes decidedly more girlie when a thick frill is added to the bottom of the tight skirts, providing a swirl of soft movement. Dresses are fitted, with bold patterns and lots of stripes. And then there are the patterns: paired monkeys on a white background give a whimsical touch.
In fact, while the cut of the clothes is urban, urban, urban, the message is Caribbean, fun and loose, an attitude backed up by the fabric -- cotton.
Even the sundresses have a structured look about them. Thin straps and deep V-backs leave plenty of room for peek-a-boo, while tassels on the hemline beckon.
The little black dress makes an appearance for evening, with feminine ruffles around the gentle necklines. And lest anyone think, ah, black dress, seen that, Prada adds fun furry wraps in black and white stripes on a colourful background.