Prada: A Few More Words
Last year at this time I posted that I had a feeling the American west would soon start to influence fashion. About six months later, Etro put on a menswear show that was rooted in classic fifties and sixties cowboy clothes: the kind you would have seen worn by Faron Young at the Grand Ol’ Opry. This season, Versace has already staged a cowboy-themed show and now Prada is dripping with the details that defined this style.
The patch pockets, piping, sharp shoulders, sculpted lapels and the occasional stacked-pockets on the jackets take me back to the time when the gentleman cowboy was an archetype of pop culture. As usual, Miuccia Prada managed to obscure the commercial elements of the collection with some horrid quilted vests that no one will want to wear, but she always does that. Nevertheless, the bones of the collection were there. I always see her influencing the shapes of fashion more than the themes of fashion.
It’s interesting that cowboys are showing up on the Milan runways first, but I guess it’s the land of spaghetti westerns. On that note, I’m craving spaghetti. I’ll get back to reviewing the shows soon.