Men's fashion week in Milan saw alot of changes to the current winter trends particularly with the use of bolder and brighter colours. Although usually a minimalist, Miuccia Prada's fall/winter 2011-2012 collection was more bold and daring than most. At first glace of the location of Prada’s show one wouldn’t think that the run-down street was a scene fit for one of the better-known brands showing in Milan’s Fashion week. However, once through the gates it became clear that this would be a show like no other. A two-storey catwalk lined with arches was the only construction filling this large empty space. Stairs led down to a third catwalk on ground level where schoolboy looking models strutted towards the waiting flashes of eager photographers. Spectators nodded along to up-tempo rock music, setting a thrilling pace and creating the perfect mood for one of this seasons more memorable shows.
Targeting a younger customer, the collection consists of wide, boxy jackets and narrow tailored pants with a shorter hem, often matched with knee-high socks. As with Prada’s past collections the colour palette for suits consists mostly of grey and black however this season, the designer introduced white leather in the form of coats, shoes and bags whilst diagonal lines and geometric shapes appeared on sweaters and suede jackets. Adding extra vivacity to the already distinct collection, a sparkling lurex fabric became the prominent feature throughout, mostly for the men’s shirts extending to kaleidoscope patterns and a richer colour display of plum, blue, green, maroon, silver and gold.
Not for the fashion safe, Prada’s collection is refreshingly adventurous adding colour and shimmer to next winter’s wardrobe, all of which seemed to be greatly appreciated amongst the show’s spectators.
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