>> When I read Fashion Babylon, which claims to "get under the skin of the fashion industry," there was one paragraph that really stuck with me. The narrator, an anonymous British designer, is absolutely obsessed with Miuccia Prada:
Miuccia Prada is probably one of the most fashion forward designers. She is a designer's designer, and we all look to her as some sort of visionary... She can think about grand ideas and themes. She will take something like the war in Iraq and while the rest of us are shoving khaki combats down the catwalks she'll come up with a bunch of young innocents dressed in white, wafting like lost souls down the runway. She is so ahead of herself. She is already feeling what the rest of us are barely smelling.
With this obsession stuck in mind, it's kind of amazing to see it played out in reality -- Marc Jacobs just accessorized his Spring 2007 show with tons of exaggerated rhinestones, and Miuccia played up rhinestones back in her Spring 2006 Miu Miu show (they were smaller than Marc's, sure, but the idea is still there).
The influence doesn't stop there -- Miuccia did these great fuschia open-toed boots for her Spring 2006 Prada collection, and open-toed boots have already shown up on the Spring 2007 runways at VPL and Jill Stuart.
It's not just the designers that feel Miuccia's influence -- the entire industry does. Her Fall 2006 mood at Prada of "urban Amazons" has inspired an amazing-sounding exhibit at FIT.
I guess I just never really consciously thought about it before, but the woman has a huge sphere of influence.