Prada: If designers have their way, legions of women will look oh-so-pretty next spring. But pretty is as pretty does, and nobody does it like Miuccia Prada. She has long transformed the mundane into the provocative with the apparent ease of a wand-wielding fairy, a gift that has earned her the reputation as an intellectual designer — one she has at times chosen to play down.

For the collection she presented on Wednesday, Prada once again had her way with the ordinary — this time, common notions of pretty. Femme fatale and ingenue alike can easily revel in the sway of a full, rustling skirt, but few designers allow them to dabble in elements of jet set, hippie and Southwestern artiste. And, in fact, Miuccia’s combination took some getting used to, but strengthened with each passing look, working itself up to something spectacular.

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