Prada, Dress, Fall/Winter 2000. Silk and Plastic, 46 1/2 in. length; The Met, New York.
In the spirt of New York Fashion Week, which started on Thursday, February 11th, I decided to write a post about this Prada dress.
Prada is an Italian fashion label, originally found by Mario Prada in 1913. But it was his granddaughter, Miuccia Prada (where the brand Miu Miu comes from), in 1978, took over. She started with designing backpacks and totes, but it was a simple, nylong bag that started a following that launched the Prada into the fashion world. Prada now specializes in mens’ and womens’ “luxury goods.”
I think my first “encounter” with Prada was when I was really really young. It had something to do with their black patent leather wallets that have the upside-down triangular metal label–that oh-so-famous staple of the brand that other fashion designers now employ such as Marc Jacobs.
Fashion is art so it is no surprise that the “trends” in fashion cycle. This was made ten years ago and now, sequins are coming back in style with a vengeance (But are they really going to stay? They may have already gone out of style. But that discussion is for another blog..)
But I really love this dress and it’s deep v-neck that manages to stay classy by not having a extremely high hem-line. The sequins not too shimmery and not too small. What is so great about fashion is that it is designed for the woman’s body–a black belt around the waist to accentuate it. A woman would feel absolutely beautiful wearing this Prada dress.
For Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear NY fashion week, Rag & Bone has so far been my favorite.
Their first womens’ show, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright make plaids and thick tweeds so feminine. With this, I never want to leave the menswear aesthetic.