With this post I’ve come full circle as far as the Fall-Winter 2011 Womens Miu Miu collection is concerned, something I got to watch in person with mouth agape back in March 2011 when it first made its debut in Paris.
Held within Palais d’Iéna, it proved a fitting backdrop for the 1940s inspired pieces that flitted down the runway, Miuccia Prada’s testament to an era that was heady, the women glamourous. I left filled with imagery of beautifully embroidered dresses, glitter-dipped pumps and granny purses blown out of proportion, telling myself this was Miu Miu at its best, all grown-up with just the right nuances of elegance and beauty.
As far as the bags were concerned, it was love. Truth be told, it wasn’t created to be a crowd pleaser; instead it was the perfect blend of functionality and form, with a touch of quirkiness for good measure.
And if that wasn’t enough, I was one of the lucky few from Singapore who was invited to Miu Miu’s huge F/W11 soiree in Shanghai, which was also attended by over 800 celebrities, socialites and members of the press corp from around the region.
Held at the towering monolith that’s the Park Hyatt Shanghai, all guests were instantly transported back in time with the 5 uppermost floors converted into the most glamourous of settings, replete with cabaret performances, magical acts and live music.
It was an enthralling experience, made even more memorable by the fact that I got to see all the F/W11 runway looks all over again as the models weaved through guests dining on delicacies like lobsters and drinking copious amounts of champagne.
Ending the night on an absolute high, I was fully immersed in the vision that Miuccia Prada wanted to convey when she created the collection, bringing everyone back to an era when elegance and glamour came naturally.
Two months on, I’m proud to present exclusive images from the F/W11 Miu Miu fantasy lookbook, created in collaboration with OMA. Juxtaposing various runway looks with the architectureal magnificence that’s the Palais d’Iéna, it also marks the end of my personal voyage with this collection that has opened my eyes to the world of Miu Miu that’s beyond covers of glossy magazines and massive advertising billboards.
And it was a journey well travelled. An experience that’s more than just apparel, bags or shoes, but the sum of its total parts that makes it priceless.
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