Prada Fall 2013
After seasons of bringing her customers conceptual, highly themed collections, Miuccia Prada's Fall 2013 show took a sharp turn to focus on things she simply likes. Prada likes fur, and so there was fur. Prada likes a cinched-in and belted waist, and so there were cinched-in and belted waists. And Prada loves an interesting skirt (she said as much in the Met's Impossible Conversations exhibit), so of course the skirts were decorated with sparkly flowers or finished with asymmetrical hems — or both. If those hemlines felt a little undone, so did the models' hair: Prada tasked her stylists with making her girls look like their hair was wet, and some of them wore their dresses, whether cut from wool or brightly colored Vichy checks, off the shoulder. Letting go, ever so slightly, of the laser-focused precision of the past few seasons is just one of the things that makes this collection approachable, wearable, and elegant.