Fantastic Plastic? Miuccia Prada wanted her collection for Spring Summer 2010 to reflect a girl who would go from work to the beach. Overall, I enjoyed this collection because most pieces seemed very wearable and the silhouettes felt fresh. I thoroughly enjoyed the colors selected for this seasons designs because they were not your average spring slash summer colors. The colors chosen reminded me of the palette that Marni usually sticks to. I did not like the skirts or dresses at the end of the show with the dangling crystals. Maybe if they had been mixed into the show differently I would have liked them better.
This post is however not about the clothes, it is about the re- occurring theme of plastic, vinyl, and crystal accessories. What caught my attention about the accessories of this collection, was the repetition and cohesiveness of the designs. The shoes, sunglasses, and purses all fit together beautifully… Where there was a green pair of sunglasses, there was a crystal shoe with green accents waiting. Personally, I would never use a plastic purse of any style, unless MAYBE going to the beach. (I do not need the world to see what I am carrying around. My earliest memories of this style purse is from the workers on breaks outside Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdales. It is a rule for them that they must use purses where one can see all of the contents of the bag so one is no easily able to steal.) For runway use, I thought the purses were very cute and tied the whole look together of hip business gal goes to the beach. The only shoes that I really disliked were the half grandma half stripper clear shoes with the dangling crystals…I prefer to keep the chandelier pieces attached to the chandelier in the dining room ! Aesthetically, I thought it looked way tacky that you could see the velcro strips on each shoe, especially if you are going to be paying a hefty fee.
Chanel did a line very close to this a few seasons ago including all styles of handbags, shoes, jewelry, and sunglasses.
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