The final instalment of Prada’s ‘dis-dressed’ project which frankly, I didn’t understand at all to begin with (and honestly, I still don’t know what it is all about), sees celebrated photographer Willy Vanderperre shooting Prada’s F/W16 collection which recently just made its debut in Milan a week ago.
And while I didn’t get the concept behind the project, I do get Miuccia Prada’s latest collection for the Italian luxury label that frankly hasn’t seen such a stellar collection like this for a long time. A beautifully layered collection, it’s a gorgeous collage of colours, styles and textures drawing from so many eras that are so diverse, it shouldn’t work but in Prada’s case, it does. A little bit 50s, a touch of nautical, some military details here and there, the clothes becoming the perfect foil for the accessories that I love even more.
From the charms that include everything from keys to tiny minaudière clutches inspired by books of yore hanging from the neck and around the waist to velvet green wedges worn with tartan-print socks, my heart is set on the two bags you see in the above images, the first the Pionnière, a rounded leather sling on the left, the second, the Cahier, which is inspired by antique books or diaries that come with delicate filigree detailing on the corners.
The good news? In today’s see-now, buy-now culture that’s largely fueled by social media and feeding the desire of every man (and woman) who wants it now, both bags can be purchased now. The bad news? They can only be bought at 9 Prada boutiques in the 4 fashion capitals of the world, namely New York, London, Milan and Paris.
Update: 4 March 2016
This just in. For those who are looking to get themselves the Pionnière (above) or Cahier (or better yet, both) they can be found at Prada stores in Milan, Monte Napoleone and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele; in Paris, Avenue Montaigne and Faubourg Saint-Honoré; in London, Old Bond Street and Sloane Street; and in New York City, Broadway, Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue.
And here’s some good news for those not travelling anytime soon: these bags will be made available in Singapore (and the region) come June 2016.