MIU MIU< Karen Millen Christmas 2017   /   PRADA Beijing >

Prada’s little sister Miu Miu so often makes a delightful habit of riffing on trends past, amalgamating references from bygone eras through captivatingly cacophonous styling. For the Pre-Fall 2017 collection, the presentation demonstrated Mrs Prada’s penchant for the method of mish-mashing down to a T. The 1920s, 1940s and 1950s were brought together via varsity jackets paired with full skirts and bobby socks, which met with Joan Crawford-worthy tea dresses and diamanté headbands deserving of Daisy Buchanan. These intermingled looks were not presented on living breathing models, but on a harem of Rootsteins, providing an allusion to yet another era: the 1960s. But with buzz cuts, bowl cuts and slicked-back fibreglass hair painted pastel shades of pink, orange and purple, the presentation felt as contemporary as ever and thoroughly proved that the mannequin company still holds as much relevance today as ever it did.

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