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A Safer Spring From Miu Miu

Last season, Miuccia Prada showed a Miu Miu collection that called up high fashion sportswear for the most adventurous of consumers but the season, on the other hand, the looks are more accessible. Scuba uniforms with personalized monograms and an ad campaign that could only have been inspired by Vogue's Grace Coddington; the Fall 08 collection was high fashion at its best. This season, as pretty as is this collection, it seems heavy on basics and lacking in a concept that articulates why Miu Miu is one of the most-watched brands. The concept for Spring 09 pivots on the blanket term "European History" and so we see historical prints and perforations in clothing (like moths have gotten to the garments) that are neat but not groundbreaking--and with much less panache than last season. We will assume that it is for the better and that showing collectable basics during an economic crisis is the wisest thing to do, even if it leaves something to want when it comes down the runway.

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