Prada opens a new store in Sanya, a well-known tourist destination in Southern China, located in the luxury Ritz-Carlton resort. The store, designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, occupies a total area of about 220 square metres, and it offers women’s and men’s leather goods, accessories and footwear collections. The exterior of the store preserves the building’s unique architecture: a brightly coloured wood cladding frames the large glass panes, arranged in a regular pattern, while the black marble outlines one entrance and two store windows, whose backdrop is lightened by an elegant white fabric. The store’s interior, characterized by high ceilings and polished steel columns, features the design elements that define Prada’s brand identity worldwide: chequered black and white marble floors, display counters in crystal and polished steel, pale green walls and white leather sofas, all blending together harmoniously in the environment.
Choosing the wrong handbag can make or break your fashion week experience. Trust me! Carry a dressy clutch and you’ll be cocktail ready after evening shows, but you won’t have room for fashion week essentials: a camera, a mini notebook and pen, press kits, little gifts from the designers. Here are a few snaps of lovely lovelies showing off gorgeous purses outside of Chanel’s Fall-Winter 2012 show at the Grand Palais. See more pictures on TheKit.ca
*photo: Glynnis Mapp, FashionTK.com
America in the ’50s: pistachio green and fire engine red Cadillacs, headscarves, cat eye sunglasses, pencil skirts and pearls, an old gas pump station. Sublime! Prada’s Spring 2012 campaign is an old school-meets new school pop culture lesson in style. Dreamed up by resident photographer Steven Meisel, he delivers yet another captivating campaign for Prada, vintage set sexily against modern music, and expression. Bombshells brunette and blonde, we get a sizzling look at the jewel tone and pastel pieces from the brand, classic shapes with a very now kind of feeling.
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screenshot and video: (c) courtesy of Prada
And the looks? Ankle boots, layers and leggings, soft furs, hand-me-down leather clutches, totes and an array of statement baubles wrapped in closet staple outerwear: trenches, bombers, and double breasted jackets. From David Dixon to Nada, Canadian labels were the statement makers on and off the runway.
Ah, Paris! The city where global fashion weeks come to rest, season after season. Spring 2010 sprang with bright colours, wacky themes and an overall rebirth that shook the fashion community free of its studded and leathered dark aura. Well, except for those fantastic Isabel Marant studded ankle boots (glorious!)
Here are four favourites from Paris SS/2010:
Fashion’s design dandy Marc Jacobs interrupted Louis Vuitton from its usual monogrammed mantra and offered a confetti assortment of cuts, colours and creative confusion for Spring 2010.
Sportswear mixed with couture lines and a dash of eclectic ethnic influence (or how else can you describe the fur-topped sandals, reminiscent of Sasquatch? MJ, please forgive me). Add models stomping down the runway in multicoloured afro wigs, looking too similar to Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers perfume dolls and voila: consider us perplexed!
But just because one (me) doesn’t quite understand the artist (Marc Jacobs) and his inspiration of the moment, doesn’t alter the absolute genious of the collection. Whether he’s creating haute or prêt-à-porter collections, Jacobs is truly a couturier when it comes to fabrics and construction (not to mention, he makes me want to wear a fanny-pack like no one else). Jacobs explained the mish-mash of textiles and sartorial genres to Sarah Mower of Style.com as being “about travelers—the movement that came after punk. Then we were thinking about hiking, trekking, and then denim and parkas—city utilitarianism.”
Yeah … uh, what he said.
Who can turn hay into gotta-have-it chic? Leave it to fashion’s haute cowboy Karl Lagerfeld to flip the happy switch on to fashion’s of late demure visage and put smiles on the industry’s sardonic faces (Love you Anna!)
Texas seemed to have descended on the Grand Palais offering ho-down worthy separates in light linen whites and studded leather mules sure to get any girl’s dance card filled, ya darn-tootin.’
While last season’s Chanel shows (both couture and prêt-à-porter) offered an overall luxurious yet still austere outlook on the fashion industry (remember the paper headdresses?) this time around Chanel models kicked off their heels (literally), crooned to the pluck of a banjo and shimmied to the shake of a tambourine avec Lily Allen and then rolled around in the hay with none other than Karl’s male muse Baptiste Giabiconi (yee-haw!)
This season, Lagerfeld helped us remember that fashion can be fun, again.
(insert Kernel Sanders jokes here! HA!)
If you could travel to the future, what would fashion look like? Alexander McQueen‘s Spring 2010 ready-to-wear show answered with otherworldly shapes, armor silhouetted mini dresses with crystals and jewels mimicking fish scales: an underwater underworld. McQueen envisioned a humanity afflicted by its own environment with the entire civilization sinking underwater (thank-you melting ice caps).
The inspiration behind the collection was reminiscent of the lost city of Atlantis, models did an uneasy colt trot down the runway in fantastic alien-shaped stilettos (many of them looking like they were taking the model as human host, morphing), dresses designed with digital patterns and space-age coiffed hairstyles that would make any future babe a bit green. The palette was also a sight to behold: earth tones, golds, reptile inspired verts, and mirrored ocean blues kept the collection superbly afloat. Alexander McQueen (need we be surprised?) again managed to brilliantly combine wild imagination, tailoring and technology for a future perfect runway display.
Sonia Rykiel’s SS/2010 collection was a sartorial skip along the Seine, a stroll down the Champs-Élysées and a waltz down Rue Mouffetard: Paris, Paris, Paris! Je t’aime.
Bright yellows, ceruleans, and very prêt-à-porter blacks and neutrals fortified the collection, with horizontal stripes making an appearance (of course!)
Models sported sheer-and-sexy hoisery and dainty Mary Janes. Bare legs in Springtime? Jamais.
While some critics thought the plastique raincoat was too close to Prada’s some time ago, the collection excelled and offered Sonia Rykiel’s celebrated joie de vivre: smiling, bouncy models with trademark Rykiel frizzy, fluffy laissez-faire coiffs, pulled back effortlessly (a feature that the French seem to have down to a simple science) by a mini beret disks. Mignon!
Ask anyone: the Prada name speaks instant fashion and industry know-how. From Canal Street to Wall Street, there are few who don’t know the illustrious Italian-born label. From the beginning, the brand has offered its interpretation of true Italian luxury: handbags and carry-alls all fortified with Prada’s signature blacks, browns, grays and greens. Prada’s history began with quality leather goods and was an immediate success.
From Oprah to the Oscars, Prada has managed to transform itself from a Milan luggage producer to a luxurious international fashion house, making a big impact in 90s fashion and beyond. The creation of Miu Miu, also helped open the brand to a younger fashion demographic and expand its clothing identity.
Now, not to be a retail underachiever, Prada unveiled a brand new two-floor retail unit at Place Beauveau in Paris on July 22, 2009. The temporary pop-up shop—inspired by the French poet, Guillaume Apollinaire and his poem Le Pont Mirabeau—is set to dazzle shoppers in the popular 8th arrondissement for just five short months. Architect Roberto Baciocchi, designed the front of the store to match the Mirabeau bridge, and the result: a dramatic metal staircase and mannequins arranged together like Parisians on a casual stroll, nostalgic lilac carpeting and sofas, bronzed-metal displays and black-and-white checkered marble floors, which resemble the original 1913 Fratelli Prada shop in Milan.