Miuccia Prada used two juxtaposing inspirations for her AW19 collection in Milan last night. The first was Frankenstein, who provided a gothic, dark feel to the collection. While the second was the rose, which added a soft feminine side the show.
Models wore their hair in two long braids – looking like they had just stepped off the set of the classic TV series The Addams Family.
When it came to the clothes there was a strong nineties feel as Frankenstein met femininity. Looks were paired with Doc. Martin style books to give them a grungy edge. There was plenty of all-black ensembles, broken up by decorative roses that were sewn, embellished, printed and drawn onto pieces. Amongst the darkness came lace, which was seen in jackets, skirts, and as details on pieces. Military style coats and jackets collided with lace to re-enhance the two opposing styles of feminine and masculine. Frankenstein himself even appeared cartoon-style printed onto pieces alongside his bride (incidentally worn by Cara Delevingne who is having a runway comeback this season).
The final part of the show featured cocktail and prom style dresses that could have been taken straight out of a nineties teen movie. Cute and girly but with an edgy.
When it came to accessories – bags were either ladylike or oversized rucksacks; once again highlight the two opposing themes. While shoes came in the form of heavy masculine boots and loafers of ladylike glitzy courts.
Post show Miuccia Prada used her time to talk about the conflicting politics in Europe right now – perhaps a subtle inspiration between the opposing views of this collection?