Miuccia Prada returned to her nightclub concept for her Miu Miu resort collection, hosting a sprawling party at an opulent mansion on the Champs-Élysées, the Hôtel de la Païva, famed for its yellow onyx staircase.
Prada picked that color for her party outfit: a satin Miu Miu parka with Velcro fasteners. She waved off questions about her colorful, hyper-embellished collection, returning to a favorite word: “fun!” Then she capitulated and offered: “energetic and positive. That’s what we need in these times.”
She displayed the clothes on mannequins — some propped on tables, other sprawled on the floor, which gave guests time to drink in all the dizzying details and candy colors: yellow plumes spewing out of the vamp of crystal pumps; swirling sequin embroideries on gleaming coats in fuchsia or lapis; jewels scattered on the bodice of long T-shirt dresses in loud curtain prints. While dress shapes were reminiscent of pre-war eras, the large-scale and vaguely psychedelic prints tempered the retro feeling. Giant rave pants, metallic leather cheerleader skirts, stacked plastic bangles, platform ballerinas and spangled satin bucket hats all broadcast the same youthful zing.
While overcharged and eccentric, the looks lost some of their zaniness when worn by models mingling with guests at the busy party, which featured a DJ set by Kate Moss and a live performance by Les Plastiscines. The VIP invitees included Marc Jacobs, actresses Dianna Agron, Emma Greenwell, Roxane Mesquida and Stacy Martin, and singers Soko and Petite Mellor.
Greenwell will be filming the second season of the TV series “The Path” in New York until the end of October. “I flew in a few hours ago and tomorrow I have a shoot in London, and then I fly back for work on Tuesday,” said the actress, adding that after the heat of New York she welcomed Paris’ lousy weather. “I’m so happy to have some rain and drizzle,” she said. “It’s so nice.”
SoKo has a lot on her plate. She’s been busy doing promo for “The Dancer” and “The Stopover,” two movies opening in September. The singer-actress is also incubating her third album. “That’s meant to come out when it’s ready,” she said. “It’s getting all the ingredients together.”