The Straits Times
Published on Feb 22, 2013

Milan Fashion Week: Prada presents yesteryear opulence


MILAN (AP) - The Prada finale was a long luxurious mink coat with ample collar and cuff like the ones the Hollywood divas used to wear in the 1950s. Underneath, the model wore a sheer see-through silk dress.

It was only the showiest item of the winter collection presented on Thursday evening, based on yesteryear luxury, from the opulent coats to the gilded gowns to the mink wraps.

A daring move in these days when ostentation, particularly at the expense of our furry friends, is more than an eyebrow raiser. Earlier on Thursday, animal activists disrupted the Just Cavalli show, which included fur mainly for accessories and trimmings, holding up signs which read, "Your fashion is our death". But Miuccia Prada season after season has a fashion vision, and follows it through regardless.

This round she revisits vintage couture in a contemporary context.