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Prada S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

Milan’s parade of color continued at the Spring 2011 Prada show. Miuccia Prada presented what will certainly emerge as one of the most successful, memorable, and daring collections of the season.
The Prada collection featured lots of jungle-themed prints, giving a playful, summery feel to many of the looks.  Simple shapes and silhouettes dominated the line, allowing the animal prints, stripes, and popping colors to speak for themselves. Ruffle-hem skirts, little black dresses, pencil skirts, and spaghetti strap dresses showed up in a variety of color and pattern iterations.
In a unique twist, Prada had a slew of models walk the runway carrying striped fur stoles that felt luxurious and fashion-forward. What could be more lavish than fur in the summer? 
Large sombreros tied into the ruffle-hems and saturated orange and red tones, adding an extra dimension to the collection. I imagine we’ll soon see Anna Dello Russo, editor at large for Japanese Vogue, sporting monkey prints with one of the stoles, sans sombrero.
Colorful, multi-layered platform shoes appeared in a variety of contrasting textures. Striped, briefcase-like bags with leather buckle-shaped locks came in a slew of iterations. The accessories were perfect for this fabulously quirky and bold collection that had just the right amount of self-restraint.