25 June 2012


The Prada man is togged out in children’s androgynous clothes, which have the graphic, flat pattern of paper doll seperates. Square, oversized tunics, and cropped straight pants are decorated by wide white stripes, a contrast border around a clean neck or a graphic placket or a hem, its sharp lines emphasising the idea of reduction, and simplicity. Again there is a 1970s note, the wide stripes bring to mind the athletic clothes of that era. Even the shoes were exactly the same unisex athletic sandal (worn with black socks!) from beginning to end. The tick-tock sameness of the collection, like an assembly line or a line of uniformed students, is yet another form of retreat from the turmoil of the times into the order and discipline of a perfect age.

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