Unveiled earlier this afternoon at Paris Fashion Week, the Miu Miu fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection was all about quirky prints and dramatic looks, which made the runway look like a canvas full of cheerful colors and artistic techniques. As one could easily notice from the very first pieces, the collection’s focus was on denim, which had the chance to be combined with basically any kind of hue, pattern and cut as well. Miuccia Prada gave almost all of her proposals some denim accents, only to leave her most conventionally sophisticated proposals denim-free.
The collection could be overall divided in three different sections, wherein denim plays a different role accordingly. While in the first part, jean gowns, vests, jackets and shirts are basically all over the place, the second section sees denim subtly matched with retro prints, becoming visible only through the shirts’ collars or the wide belts. The last section is, on the other hand, totally denim-free, as it features either cozy warm proposals (such as wool knitwear), or sleek, at times plastic-looking, outfits.
In the Miuccia Prada’s perfect style, the Miu Miu fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection just plays a lot with various lines and figures, managing to make even the most conventionally mannish cuts look uber-feminine. Let’s take, for instance, the many double-breasted coats, blazers or even tailcoats: they all got embellished with either pilgrim collars or delicate girly floral prints that just made them look nothing but sophisticatedly feminine.
Besides denim, the line-up’s fil rouge is then to be found in the great emphasis Miuccia Prada put on the waists, as she ultimately brought the ‘belt tighten around the waist’ trend back for good. Although being mostly layered, exaggeratedly oversized and overall relaxed, the main lines utilized throughout the collection are all meant to effortlessly enhance hourglass figures and to sinuously elongate the legs.
In her effort to do so, Miuccia Prada made also ample use of color-blocking motifs, interrupting the many total-denim outfits with fuchsias, light blues (which inevitably look like denim anyways) and grays. Some of the most appealing proposals feature a sort of watercolor effect, accentuated by the soft velvet fabrics it was painted on.
Although not being the collection’s main theme, loungewear surely had a great impact on Miuccia Prada too, who singled out a small loungewear meets athleisure sort of section in her collection (who says slippers have nothing to do with a fall/winter collection?). As the show drew to a close, the designer chose to mix all the major themes she utilized to create a beautiful mishmash, starting off with some sensual, bare-shoulder outfits in black, and ending up with oversized botanical patterns embellishing the oversized coats and billowy short shorts.
Luxurious haute couture touches are to be seen in the opulent furry adornments and statement bags as well, not to mention the delicate array of pointy-toe flats and sandals that completed most of the looks.
Photos courtesy of Vogue