Milan is not only known for the fabulous glamour, but also for standout beauty looks when it comes to runways. The fashion houses that presented their Spring 2019 collections made sure that they introduced some memorable makeup and hair moments this year. One of the best things about the upcoming spring is that all makeup and hair trends are easy to recreate. You won’t need a makeup pro or an appointment at the hair salon to copy these looks. It will be all about the eyes, starting with fierce eyeshadow colors, graphic eyeliner, to accenting the inner corner with statement shimmery shades.
Miuccia Prada presented the Resort 2018 collection for her fashion house Prada with a high-profile show. The event took place in a minimalistic space designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The show was packed with celebrities, designers, and models. Selena Gomez, Alexa Chung, Lily Collins, Mark Jacobs, Dakota Fanning, Tracee Ellis Ross, Uma Thurman and more showed up in attention-grabbing looks, most of them designed by Miuccia Prada.
The Prada Cruise 2019 show was a nod to “New York’s frenetic energy” and it was live-streamed in Times Square. According to the brand, images of the models walking on the show “were played and distorted on hanging, transparent screens throughout the set”
The collection itself was a throwback to Prada’s classics with a strong ’90s feel. You probably know by now that the ’90s fashion came back in 2017, but it seems that it’s not going anywhere soon. This year many fashion houses referenced the fabulous ’80s, but the ’90s are still in the game. The crazy low-waist trend from this decade was unexpectedly all over the Prada Resort 2019 collection. The designer presented a range of mini skirts and trousers that sit low on the waist. The other references to the ’90s included sporty polos, chic backpacks, and chunky loafers.
Just like the previous season, Miuccia Prada relied on bright and neon colors. However, the pieces from the Cruise 2019 collection were on the simple side. The designer topped pants and skirts with sweaters and jackets but styled them in an effective way. The designs are both easy to wear and statement at the same time. Miuccia Prada relied on bold colors to make most of the looks stand out. Details such as ruffles in contrasting colors, multicolored tights, and vibrant prints added life to the Cruise 2019 collection. Some of the looks were paired with statement hats that brought that unexpected cool factor that millennials love. Streetwear is so big right not, so casual elements that make the pieces street-approved are always a good idea.
After the show, Miuccia Prada welcomed the guests at the Piano Factory, the brand’s headquarters in New York. She hosted a dinner for 200 people to celebrate the successful runway presentation. “Everybody is doing more, so you have to adapt,” the designer told WWD. Although she is not a fan of over-the-top shows she managed to “do more” in her own way. Prada is not the type of designer to bring a cruise ship like Chanel did for its recent show. However, a drama was still involved in the Prada Resort 2019 runway presentation.
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For the final day of Paris Fashion Week, Miuccia Prada turned back to the 60s and 80s, for a retro-inspired line of chic outfits. Club kids from the 80s and vintage thrift shop pieces served as the starting point for Prada.
The designer continued her fight for diversity in the fashion industry. In her latest presentation, she did it unintentionally, without even realizing that only a small part of her runway cast were Caucasian girls. Prada mostly focused on fashion, and the ways that different girls wore the same outfit. Miuccia is a loud advocate for changes, and in her newest collection, she made a strong diversity statement without trying. Insta-popular models such as Taylor Hill and brand-new sensation Kaia Gerber were also a part of the lineup.
“What was important for me, what was really new was, for the first time, I really worked on girls, on different people and enjoying the way one dress looked different on one girl versus another one. We discovered at the end the show was for very few white girls.’- Miuccia said.
Miu Miu is one of the rare high fashion brands that always offers wearable designs. Miuccia Prada again didn’t disappoint. She presented a collection of 57 chic looks inspired by past decades.
For Spring 2018 Prada included mostly laid-back designs. The whole collection had a beautiful boyish charm but done in a way that didn’t disturb the femininity of the looks. If you are looking for statement-making and bold designs, that will make you stand out in the crowd, Miu Miu is the place to find them.
The layering spiced up the looks. Prada put lace dresses over knitted vests and pants, plaid dresses over T-shirts, sheer embellished pieces over patterned tops and under floral coats. The end result- a glorious mix of attention-grabbing prints layered to perfection. Chic, patterned underwear was completely visible in some of the looks, that gave a dose of sexiness to the Miu Miu Spring 2018 collection.
Right after the Miu Miu Spring 2018 show, Miuccia took her A-lister fans to the newly opened Boum Boum club. Elle and Dakota Fanning, Adwoa Aboah, Emily Ratajkowski, Jean Campbell, Chrissy Teigen, and John Legend were just a few of the celebrities who celebrated another successful collection of the great Miuccia Prada.
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Kaia Gerber took the fashion world by storm. The 16-year old daughter of the former supermodel Cindy Crawford made her runway debut during SS 2018 New York Fashion Week. Kaia Gerber inherited her mother’s model genes and is expected to be the next big fashion sensation. Kaia Gerber was part of several fashion campaigns in the past. Marc Jacobs recognized the potential of Kaia Gerber and tapped her as the face of Marc Beauty for 2017. At that time Kaia was only 15 years old and couldn’t be a part of a runway show. But the already famous young model turned 16 just in time to make her debut during NYFW. The first fashion show for Kaia was Calvin Klein’s spring show. She stunned in yellow satin trousers and color-block shirt. Take a look at the video for more of Kaia’s best runway and off-duty looks.
It all started at Calvin Klein but continued at many other eminent shows. As expected, Kaia walked the runway for Marc Jacobs in a show-stopping yellow sequined maxi dress. Gerber also was part of Prada’s show which was a pleasant surprise. Miuccia Prada is known for her diverse model cast. The designer prefers to give an opportunity to less popular models instead of Instagram famous ones. Anyway, the unique beauty of Kaia Gerber most certainly convinced Miuccia to include the young model in the presentation of her Spring 2018 collection.
Other runway shows that were richer for Kaia Gerber’s presence were Rihanna’s Fenty by Puma, Coach, Alexander Wang, Fendi, and Versace. In a couple of words, Kaia Gerber was part of the biggest fashion shows this season. She already got a tremendous media attention, and her modeling career is expected to be as big as her mother’s.
Statement accessories are one of the best parts of every Fashion Week. Designers love presenting show-stopping bags, necklaces, earrings that are complimenting the items of their collections. Many famous fashion houses showed their spring collections during Milan Fashion Week. Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Prada, and Bottega Veneta came back to the capital of fashion to show their latest collections and incredible accessories.
Dolce & Gabbana is the fashion house that always shows out-of-this-world accessories. Recently the Italian duo decided to turn to high-end fashion and introduced a line of luxury jewelry. This season Dolce & Gabbana went again with the excessive glamour. There were mesmerizing crowns bejeweled with multicolored crystals and pearls. The earrings and necklaces were all red carpet material.
For Spring 2018 Donatella Versace traveled back to the 90s. She paid tribute to her late brother and recreated his most iconic creations. There were many beautiful hair accessories, eye-catching earrings, and unique handbags.
Gucci and Alessandro Michele, on the other hand, went back to the 70s and 80s. Alessandro loves doing excessively accessorized looks, and this time, things weren’t any different. He had Gucci’s logo all over the bags and jewelry. Michele involved sparkling hats from the 70s and square old-fashioned eyewear. Most of his necklaces featured the two G’s together with pearls and crystals.
Miuccia Prada said yes to another huge trend for Spring 2018. The Italian designer had her models wear chic Matrix-inspired sunglasses. For a bolder effect, she added colors such as red and yellow to the eyewear. The entire collection was all about women’s empowerment. So the accessories carried that vibe. The sunglasses gave the models a superhero look, so they fit ideally with the designs.
Take a look at the biggest accessory trends seen during the SS 2018 Milan Fashion Week.
Miuccia Prada loves making political statements at her fashion shows. Prada is a political activist and supports feminism. The Spring 2018 collection is for all powerful women across the world. Many designers recently decided to show their revolt towards politics in their collections. Fashion has become a way of expressing and sending a message. The topics of gender equality, body image, and race are still issues among most people.
“Just wanting to change the world. Especially for women, because there’s so much against us, still. I am suggesting the militant woman in a very practical way. Through clothes, which is what I do.”- Miuccia said.
Miuccia collaborated with several cartoonists, all of them female. You could notice the amazing art in the venue, covering the walls and filling the room with a fun vibe. Some of the work was done between the 30s and 60s, while other parts belong to contemporary artists.
For Spring 2018, Prada managed to make a connection between vibrant art, politics, and feminism. Her designs are still tailored to perfection, but this time they radiate sensuality and energy. All of the items are here to make a statement. Fashion is slowly shifting toward statement and athleisure pieces, and all of the high-end fashion houses are here to follow.
And while every other designer was after the Insta-popular models for their shows, Prada did the opposite. The brand is known for choosing less popular models who represent their image of diversity. For each of their shows, they launch new names and help these young faces start a career. Aside from Kaia Gerber, who made her Prada debut, all of the other girls were mostly less-known names.
Miuccia paid a lot of attention to accessories and details. She even matched different prints. Each one of the outfits is dynamic as it can get, despite the dominance of the black color. Sequins and pearls made their way in coats, jackets, shorts and sleeveless blazers. For you, it might be hard to think of cartoon art and sequins in the same outfit, for Prada is the new trend for spring 2018.
Breath-taking coats in many cuts, designs and patterns took the central part of the line. Miuccia introduced mesmerizing sleeveless blazers that featured a mix of different patterns, studs, sequins and even pearls.
Prada did a powerful combination of feminine designs with a dose of masculinity. Her Spring 2018 collection is an ode to all the strong and powerful women.
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The luxury Italian brand Prada released their “Poster Girl’ collection. The special capsule line includes several T-shirts and sweaters that feature interesting graphic designs. The very practical pieces carry a strong message. With this collection, Miuccia Prada revisits the views of female sexuality, and the ways they have or haven’t changed over the years.
Some of the designs are printed with the saying “Fashion is about the every day and the every day is the political stage of our freedoms.’ This is Prada’s way of saying that a lot hasn’t changed in the battle for gender equality, and the way women are treated and seen. The T-shirts and sweaters are printed with posters from movies such as “Some Like It Cool’ and “Velvet Knife.’ The designs are a bit on the pricier side of the budget, with the tees starting from $400, and the sweaters from $660.
This whole thing started during Prada’s Fall 2017 show, and the way the whole venue was transformed. Miuccia Prada for this event collaborated with the design firm AMO. The name of the set was “A City of Women.’ It carried a strong feminine vibe and it reminded very much of a 1960s bedroom. All of the walls were decorated with movie posters of powerful and glamorous female characters. Now, those bedroom cut-outs came to life in a very unexpected way.
For the “Poster Girl’ collection, Miuccia teamed up with Robert McGinnis, who is the illustrator behind the artwork on the designs. He is an iconic character in the industry and has done posters for some of the most popular movies of all times. He is the mastermind behind the famous posters of films such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ “Barbarella,’ “James Bond,’ and much more. He is known for his love of portraying the femme fatale, strong and powerful women that are able to do anything. Robert’s work was also seen on some of the skirts and dresses that strolled Prada’s runway.
“They are so glamorous. But they have guns.’- said Miuccia right after the show.
Miuccia and many other popular designers are constantly trying to change the world’s perspective about gender equality. She is a strong advocate in gender politics and shows that not only in her designs. Another powerful female that keeps breaking boundaries is Maria Grazia Chiuri, that is making history with the “We Should All Be Feminists’ shirt.
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Miuccia Prada for Men’s Spring 2018 Collection got inspired by comic books. The designer admitted that she doesn’t read them but she enjoys the illustrations and appreciates their uniqueness. The fact that comic books are a hand drawn piece of art was the main thing that inspired the designer to put comic motives all over her designs.
“They are little fragments of life, which is what you get now from the information, the media: So I was more and more attracted to them. Even if I never liked them.’
The designer wanted to celebrate the human’s talent and hard work in the digital world. Miuccia asked her longtime friend James Jean and Belgian graphic artist Ollie Schrauwen to paint the roof, the floor and the walls with Roy Lichtenstein-ish cartoons- inspired characters. Anyway, she asked the artists to avoid too superhero motives because she wanted to celebrate the humanity. The two artists covered the panels with giant monkeys, bugs and ladies’ eyes with bold black lashes, a huge ant looming over a house, rushing locomotive and etc.
When it comes to the clothes Miuccia Prada certainly surprised everyone with this collection. Prada presented many boiler suits in a Haute Couture version that confused everyone. It seems unusual for a man to buy boiler suit by Prada and work around the house in it. Maybe boiler suits are making a breakthrough in the fashion industry. We won’t be surprised considering the fact that the fanny packs made their comeback and the biggest style icons can’t get enough of them. Luckey for them Miuccia Prada included enough oversized fanny bags in this collection.
The collection was dominated by graphics and daring designs. Prada stated that she wanted to celebrate every day’s peoples’ stories, but her designs were definitely far away from the comfort zone.
It’s safe to say that the coats were the most wearable pieces of the collection. It was unclear why Prada decided to show heavy wool coats and sweaters for Spring 2018. Miuccia Prada knew people would be confused and explained her decision.
“Everything was a little bit too naive, too simple, so we thought these heavy coats would be the right counterpart. That is just fashion‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√Übecause we love it.’
The pants were high-waisted, loose and accessorized with skinny plain and printed belts.
Prada’s Men’s Spring 2018 show was the first one that was streamed live on prada.com and on their Instagram story.
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Miuccia Prada presented her elegant Resort 2018 Collection spiced with sports details. Prada decided to go back to their roots and staged the show at the company’s original place of work. The Fondazione Prada Osservatorio in Milan is an exhibition space located in the most alluring shopping mall in the world ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√Ü Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Prada’s original store was opened by Miuccia’s grandfather Mario in 1913 near the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio.
The Galleria’s strong industrial feel and the history written on its walls inspired Miuccia to create unrepeatable pieces of clothing that breathe in the spirit of modernism with sporty elements.
About the venue choice, Miuccia explains: “resonating of the modernism of the period and the turn of the century sensual beauty. We thought those transparent dresses in front of the industrial cupola should look good.’
Prada’s Resort 2018 Collection is full of transparent dresses that put an accent on the women’s naked body in an elegant way. Miuccia aimed to create the perfect ratio between gracefulness and sportswear.
The Collection features weightless scallop skirts, dresses embellished with feathers, shirtdresses, diaphanous pleated skirts, high-neck blouses, deep neck overcoats and lots of contrast. The high sports socks pulled up mostly over high heels dominated on the stage.
There are dresses and skirts made from a solid industrial fabric but predominately erotic transparent pieces of clothing made from a synthetic cigaline.
“I don’t know why, [because] it’s a naked body but it’s also [delicate], and underlined by sports. Both are an obsession for the body, both are interested in the body,’ Prada explains. “As always, I like the confrontation of the two and the fusion of the two but starting from the idea of doing something modern.’
Prada included her brand’s logo on multiple pieces in this collection with an explanation that nowadays “it’s all about the logo”.
Miuccia worked together with returning visual artist James Jean who created the illustrations of rabbits and lilies which Prada pictured as Liberty print.
The models graced the space between Fondazione Prada Osservatorio’s walls, all in braids, with a light touch of makeup predominantly including classic red sensational lips.
All of Prada’s 2018 Resort Collection designs are infused with a great contrast of fabrics, styles, and details.
Prada has just released one of its major news, as Miuccia Prada’s famed fashion house revealed it is about to join Milan’s cruise runway show calendar for the first time ever, eschewing the usual Men’s Wear Fashion Week schedules in June where the previous Prada women’s wear cruise collections were unveiled so far (prior to that, Miuccia Prada’s cruise shows were held in New York, in an intimate showroom presentation).
Set to debut at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, on May 7, Prada’s first cruise solo runway show will hopefully become just the first one of many other cruise presentations in the years to come.
Miuccia Prada’s unexpected choice denotes Prada’s willingness to build stronger bonds with its customers, also helping her Fondazione become one of Milan’s most important artistic references, too. Located between Milan’s Duomo Cathedral and the renowned Scala Theatre, Fondazione Prada has grown its artistic importance exponentially throughout the past few years, always holding some of the most fascinating exhibitions and events in town.
Visiting Fondazione Prada is a must-do when staying in Milan, as the Fondazione’s aim is spreading culture in anyone’s everyday life. “Culture is deeply useful and necessary as well as attractive and engaging. Culture should help us with our everyday lives, and understand how we, and the world, are changing. This assumption will be key for the Fondazione’s future activities,’ reads Fondazione Prada’s mission statement.
Given Fondazione Prada’s importance in culture, we bet Prada’s cruise 2018 collection and runway show will be absolutely fulfilling and inspiring at the same time, and we really cannot wait to see what Miuccia Prada has in store for us for her upcoming cruise fashions.
This cruise 2018 show calendar is already busy with Gucci showcasing its cruise collection in Florence on May 29th, Chanel’s show in Paris scheduled for May 3rd, Louis Vuitton’s in Tokyo on May 14th and Dior‘s in Los Angeles on May 11th. Cruise collections are taking over the fashion industry, indeed!
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