Backstage after showing her fall collection, Miuccia Prada wasplaying hard to get, cerebrally speaking. “I don’t want to talk aboutideas,” she said, explaining that her focus was on pure fashion andstrength of silhouette. Still, knowing that, she — she of thedeep-thoughts-inspiring-great-clothes school of fashion — had prepared asecondary, more classically Prada-esque answer. “I didn’t want to talkabout power,” Prada offered. “It’s a suggestion of importance andbeauty.”

Importance and beauty — check and check. For all the youthfulfuturism of neon eyelids and ironed-straight, two-tone hair, these wereclothes of a certain gravitas, utterly elegant, even obviously so. Theywere both restrained (graceful tailoring that emphasized the slightlyhigh waist and a long, elegant line, as well as pants) and lavish(bountiful 3-D embroideries that played linear arrangements and plasticmodernity against the timeless allure of glitz).

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