Friday, 10 February 2012

So Last-Year: Prada and Pins

The Prada Spring/Summer 2012 collection has already been plastered all over the internet and the glossiest of the magazines, with no less than the February Vogue and Elle covers to its credit. However, how could I not post about a collection with such an amazing retro 1950s and 60s Americana look, not to mention that amazing car print fabric?

In typical Prada style, the collection expertly walks that sexy/prim tightrope. The models are dressed in sweet colours, dripping in jewels, gripping onto clutch bags (the prettiest but surely the most movement restrictive kind of bag there is), baring their midriffs and yet somehow still come out looking cool and tough.

Then there are the amazing accessories. Perhaps this will be the year I invest in a proper pair of shades rather than still wearing the pair I got for £10 in TK Maxx in 1999. If any pair can tempt me to do that, I'm sure these are the ones.

And then the hot rod shoes.


I'm interested to see how this whole collection gets treated on the high street. I really hope it doesn't get watered down into insipid pastels and bustier tops that aren't suitable for anyone over the age of 13 - and that really shouldn't be worn by 13 year-olds at all. I've been watching ASOS like a hawk for their take on the look and so far have only found these. While they're a pretty cool colour paired with a perfect heel, their cars print is slightly too primary school, not enough "I'm playing hooky with my slightly too old and unsuitable boyfriend" for my tastes.

Finally, in vaguely related news, I have - like the rest of t'internet - joined Pinterest and have been clicking away. My favourite board is one devoted to perfect patterns, mainly full of some of the amazing prints on offer on the high street at the moment. Sharks, poodles, lanterns: they're all on there. If you are interested you can follow me here and do let me know if you are on it too.

Now excuse me while I go off to play hooky with my slightly too old and unsuitable boyfriend.

(Like a lot of this post, that last sentence falls into the 'wish list' category.)


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