Is there anything better than seaside-inspired retro staples? Miuccia Prada’s Miu Miu spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection just answered this question, overwhelming the last day of Paris Fashion Week with 53 looks that, besides being fabulously glamorous, also revealed Miuccia Prada’s most conscious side.
Beach-ready and revamped with cozy loungewear-inspired motifs, the Miu Miu spring/summer 2017 collection also took, in fact, an environmentally conscious note, with designer Miuccia Prada stating backstage that “the beach is something beautiful and something that’s now warming. Who knows how long we will have beaches?”
She seemed thus to be willing to freeze the glorious and carefree times of the beaches into a specific era, when going to the seaside and sunbathing was actually in vogue and socially accepted: the Fifties. Sunbathing and enjoying a day out at the beach was not that common before the glorious Fifties, and Miuccia Prada took the Fifties-inspired motifs just to celebrate and translate them to their more contemporary, less modest spirit, as whimsically printed one-pieces got alternated with more risqué bikinis and sleek leather crop tops.
As for the printed designs, Miuccia Prada particularly focused on geometrical motifs, including everything from polka dots to stripes, stylized figures and even abstract themes.
Each one of these printed designs got dipped into a multitude of different colors, the softness and brightness of which surely gave the Miu Miu spring 2017 lineup its most jocose turn.
Geometry played a huge role in decorating most of the loungewear-inspired proposals too, as Miu Miu’s unconventional suits, coats and wrapped skirts all featured either thin belts cinched around the waists, or appealing contrasting hems that inevitably enhanced the figures. If you have been following Paris Fashion Week’s runway shows, you may now be extremely familiar with the number one item we are going to be obsessed with throughout the upcoming springtime: belts.
Filtered through Miuccia Prada’s way of conceiving fashion, which has always been extremely polished and glamorous, the hourglass figure trend got here translated to its most maverick version, with street style corsets and exaggerated high-waisted slips highlighting the waistline, where there is no belt in charge of doing it.
The Miu Miu spring /summer 2017 collection’s most whimsical item is, however, the skirt. If we look really closer, some of the lineup’s skirts are actually terry-towel skirts, which become functional when wrapped around the waists and clipped with fancy silvery studs.
Terry cloths got utilized to create one-of-a-kind coats and bathrobes too, namely the pieces for which Miuccia Prada dared the most (is anyone ever going to wear them outside of the beach/pool?).
It’s also interesting to point out how smartly Miuccia Prada managed to pack her Miu Miu spring 2017 collection with strong utilitarian touches too, as she turned cozy, utilitarian (indeed) raincoats into modern, covetable high fashion items.
Photos courtesy of Vogue