Punk fairies and fluid 70s for Spring 2008?

Alright, I’m a slow starter. Always have been. I need time to warm up to new ideas. And at first glance now at the Spring 2008 Prada runway – I’m less than bowled over by Miuccia’s new collection.

I’ve tried all my life – literally – to run away from the 70s era. I was born then.

I’m so done with the fashion of that time. So imagine my horror when one of my favourite designers, Prada, pulls out the wide leg 70s pants! Worse still, it’s back – in floaty material! I can already imagine the cheap synthetic copies that will be out in the stores next spring. *CRINGE!*

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Daiane Conterato. Photo: Marcio Madeira

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Masha Tyelna. Photo: Marcio Madeira

While the Punk / Goth club in Sweden will have reason to celebrate, I’m not particularly thrilled at this combi of this dress with the pairing of yellow checked leggings with button detail ankle straps.

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Isabeli Fontana. Photo: Marcio Madeira

I’m quite careful with stripes, checks and dots on clothing and I don’t think I’ll be wearing this one anytime soon. With my petite frame, I could well be a screaming walking advertisement for Cirque du Soleil.

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Photo: Marcio Madeira

And what are those shoes, no, boots, no, sandals… is there a name for those kinds of footwear?

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Ali Stephens. Photo: Marcio Madeira

And I think I’ll stay away from the make-up too… all the models looked so intense on this runway.

Make-up, up close. A few backstage shots of models at Prada.

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Masha Tyelna. Photo: Greg Kessler

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Natasha Poly. Photo: Greg Kessler

Why would I want to wear a shoe that looks like I’ve stepped in dog poo and failed to clean it off?

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Spring 2008 Ready-to-Wear. Prada – Details. Photo: Don Ashby and Olivier Claisse

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Prada. I was drooling over one of my girlfriend’s Prada bag purchase not too long ago. I ply their boutiques for shoes all the time. But is there ANYTHING I like at all from this collection?

Actually, yes. Miuccia’s creativity. And the shoes she’s wearing in the picture below.

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Because otherwise, how would the fashion world keep itself and its expression so interesting?

Besides which, I might warm up to it altogether and be that screaming advert for Cirque du Soleil next spring.

Or not.

For more points of view, read Cathy Horyn on Prada at The New York Times

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