Home turf. Within one of Miuccia Prada’s many comfort zones is a control of clashes, whether in color, texture or general aesthetics mashed up for a perverted beauty. Such was the scene at Miu Miu, where the set of mismatched interiors — retro wallpaper, midcentury chairs (placed in the second row), egg-crate foam benches and checkered floors — related directly to the clothes.
The collection was a remix of Miuccia Prada standards, the Sixties/Seventies ugly-pretty ladies that have been a consistent touchstone in her canon, most recently for her spring 2012 retro pantsuit parade. Here, she dolled up the look, outfitting twisted Belle de Jour types in fitted jackets with rounded collars and big patch pockets done in jarring color combinations. For example, the pale-pink and baby-blue coat and matching skirt paired with a rusty orange blouse, thick white textured tights and purple patent mary janes. Variations on similar hosiery and footwear — there were also printed and sequined lace-up boots — were constant in the collection, adding a cartoonish, childlike quality to the look.
Full of creative colorways, interesting textures and playful prints concerning cats, fish and birds, the lineup was stocked with appealing merch, if not a major new statement. Prada is a master of the improbably appealing mix, so even her weirdest ideas gelled, such as the finale of good-girl daywear decorated with showgirl beading and fringe.