Miuccia Prada is known for taking individual and unique stance when it comes to her designs and that goes for each season. For The 2011 Spring/summer collection the designer took the fashion to a new level, starting with graphic kimono dresses that were plain enough to look like hospital uniforms, not in white but in bold orange, blue, green and radioactive violet color. The models wore these pieces on high soles, having in their hands huge bright bags. The collection continued with a zip jackets and pencil skirts in different colors and neck dresses. And as the show moved on, the whole color blocking transformed into a mix of shades and widths. The theme for the striped uniforms changed from prisoner, to postman and end to sailor.
The combinations were diverse: blue and white, black and brown, green, white and black, orange, plum and black and many more. Both interesting and weird, at the same time, were the skirts and loose shirts with illustrations of naughty monkeys and bananas. It might have given a cartoonish look, but it was pure elegance of the silhouettes. Even the designer herself wore banana earrings as she bowed at the end of the show. That was the homage to Josephine Baker and she described that the inspiration came from her performance at the Folies Bergere, back in the twenties. The collection is energetic, the shapes are accessible, presented through sexy shift dresses, boxy jackets and form-fitting skirts.
The white dresses that came later had green embroidery and the black ones had deep V-fronts. The cuts were precise and beautiful, very colorful and with minimal shapes. All that was mixed up in a compact collection. Just watching this show makes your blood boil, it is invigorating and happy. It instantly makes you feel better. The collection was described as transition from hospital scrubs to Jazz Age superwoman Josephine Baker. The pieces were fresh, bold, and brave. The glamour however was a bit raw, and the makeup that Pat McGrath did was like a graphic from a silent movie. As the show ended, with old tango soundtrack, the designer sent the message that with this collection she calls for everyone to be bold.
Read more about Josephine Baker in our tribute article.