Prada: RTW Spring 2011

Posted on September 25, 2010

Before her Spring 2011 ready to wear show Miuccia Prada declared herself sick to death of minimalism. She said she was more drawn to the baroque and to Latin America as inspiration. That translated into a collection that was a major departure from the past few seasons of Prada. The colors were neon orange, bright pink, searing orange, green and cobalt blues. There were lots of horizontal stripes which gave the whole show a Dr. Suessian feel. The neon colored fur wraps (some with tails) added to the vibe. We certainly hope the fur was all faux.

Miuccia created white sundresses with silhouettes of a Carmen Miranda-like figure surrounded by octopi, with fringed hems. The suits featured broad horizontal stripes, which carried over to the hats and the handbags. Some of the striped wear was very wearable -- the cobalt, blue and white sundresses are adorable. But the ensemble that really represented the designer's quirky sense of humor is the boxy Hawaiian style shirt covered with bright yellow bananas and accessorized with a red ruffled skirt.

Miuccia took her bow wearing a pair of plastic banana earrings: she says she's currently obsessed with plastic earrings. At this point in the show, well-heeled businesswoman had to be revived with smelling salts in time to see the parade of chic, conservative black business suits and LBDs. The designer hasn't forgotten her customers. She just likes to have a bit of fun with them. Take a look:

Project Runway fans had to be gasping in surprise when they saw this collection go down the runway. Look familiar? Earlier this year, this is what contestant Mondo sent down the runway for the haute couture/accompanying ready to wear look challenge. Prescient, wasn't he?

Photo of Mondo's haute couture gown

Photo of Mondo's ready to wear dress

Photos: Lifetime