Milan some more…

January 15, 2008
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An inevitably hot topic as always, Miuccia’s latest showing had been debated with fervour several times over in mere moments of the unleashing of the hound [at times, I rather think mutt would be more fitting]. Prada’s inherent innovation and abstract sensibility is – without doubt – to be commended but of Prada’s many traits – a passion for cross-dressing is not the most admirable.

It opened innocently enough, suits cut narrow and jagged in officewear navies but just seconds later the first inkling of fetishistic transvestism oozed to the surface, namely, a black abomination, a repulsive hybrid of sports-bra and vest. Alright, it wasn’t quite so offensive but stay with me, it gets worse…

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Worse being a flurry of panties/cummerbund catastrophes. I could perhaps laud Miuccia for her courage in tackling the male-ideal and conventionally masculine aesthetic but frankly I’d rather not step out in this unforgivable sin…

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This post is fast becoming a dangerously fire-and-brimstone sermon and – I swear – that is not the intention. Actually, having said all that, there were some breathtakingly beautiful pieces in this collection, chiefly vibrant footwear and accessories, and overall the unveiling of an immensely new Prada male. Tutus and cummerbund-panties aside, this lot will surely provide a turn-up for Prada’s – now public – books.

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Images from Men’s Style

  • riz January 16, 2008 at 1:55 am

    ‘fetishistic transvesticism’ – Nice! I also reviewed the collection and linked to you. I commend your honesty in saying you wouldn’t be running out of the house like this…

  • MR style January 16, 2008 at 6:37 am

    i couldnt agree more with u !! prada show was s**t !! even tough it’s cool when people want to bring somethin new it has to be nice !!

  • susie_bubble January 16, 2008 at 10:43 am

    I’m still trying to get my head around that show to be honest…

  • Suzanna Mars January 16, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Ah, yes, the emasculating trousers that make the male torso appear akin to that of a doll’s body, that is without male member.What I liked about this collection was that here we had one of the purest essays on fashion as sociological statement, which of course feeds the ongoing debate about whether fashion need be wearable by the average Joe in the street.

  • DandyWarhol January 17, 2008 at 4:37 am

    oh my bloody lord.who put sports bras on these men?!?!

  • WendyB January 18, 2008 at 4:46 am

    Hmmm. Can’t they come up with something my husband can wear?

  • underneath January 21, 2008 at 5:54 am

    I adore how she plays with the construction of the Tuxedo in this collection – the hair is great and the Peter Pan like boys ofcourse!