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Prada RTW Fall 2010 – WWD.com.

Featured at Prada this fall, are clothes of all assortments; However, only for the average grandma from the fifties. Raving reviews were given yet my view is that these clothes look so archaic they belong in a cellar (if you were to still use that term). Prada herself called it “sexy” but her view of sexy must be holed up in a rocking chair, knitting away for hours on end while drinking tea with honey. She also claimed that there was an emphasis on breasts, which vulgar as it sounds, was clearly not present. From the cut of the clothes to the color palette, everything spoke matronly and old.

I suppose sexy and hot to fashion people is subtle, as WWD writes, “sex appeal — this collection had plenty.” Yet the collection began with a long sleeved A-line dress bearing no skin, with darts clearly displayed in the boob area and a hint of black lace (reminiscent of curtains) at the bottom hemline of the dress. This look was completed with grey socks appealing to only people over the age of 95, and was topped with a pointy toed shoe. Tell me what’s sexy about that. Clearly, this collection was so amazing it blew my brains out *cough cough*.

The collection progressed into what normal people would call a curtain-on-a-woman. There was also this interesting wallpaper textile which I think Prada was trying to interpret as a walking wall, or something similar to one. This wallpaper design came not only in one color, but multicolored hues, for all of you who want a different wallpaper dress to wear for every occasion.

Some other intriguing details were explosions of ruffles where a woman’s boobs would be, I suppose this was a halfhearted attempt at making them appear bigger. Also, the cable knit collar; a most popular knit favored by grandmas who enjoy exploring their knitting techniques.

One thing that disturbed me (not that the entire collection didn’t) was that in an effort to keep up with trends, Prada cut holes out of some of the dresses so that the stomach was exposed, and the effect achieved was a dress that looked like someone decided to pull a prank on some poor grandma by cutting out a section of her favorite dress.

Towards the end there were a couple fascinating dresses with ornate beading in them. Too bad they were all black so it was hard to see this stunning revolution in granny fashion. Then at the end there was a textile that looked as if it was copied from the marbling paint technique. A very baroque looking wallpaper print.

This conservative exploration into the depths of the granny archive made for an entertaining show to not only attack with sarcastic, cynical comments, but to also fuss meticulously over the many details that made this show such an awful collection which I have absolutely no clue whatsoever as to why people gushed over it.

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Last season, Alexander Wang surprised many with a more sophisticated collection than one would anticipate. Over past seasons, he has built up his brand around a sexy, street-style clothing geared towards the party girl/M.O.D. (model off duty) as he calls it. So, this season he threw another curveball with exploring more in depth into a grown-up collection, and experimented with the idea of deconstructing the average work-women’s business suit. Thanks to the speedy uploading of The New York Magazine, and the even faster video on Youtube, I was able to see everything in this wondrous show just hours after the presentation from my home.

The first look started out with a pinstripe jacket, which would seem like just your ordinary business attire, except for the fact that it was worn as a dress with knee socks and long, flowing coattails trailing behind. The rest of the collection progressed smoothly from this look but always referring back to it, from bondage to peek-a-boo cutouts and the knee socks (always). Some of the bondage straps were created using fur, which was intriguing because fur would not normally be thought of as a bondage sex-symbol representation. The wide use of cutouts was what really kept Wang true to his customer, though it didn’t exactly scream out fall clothes, especially in the cold winter weather in New York, where Wang is based. Velvet was another material new to him, and he used it very creatively to hint a suggestive sexual energy to his girls. But there was a lot of black. This made it slightly difficult to see on the screen, especially the little details that would’ve shown better in a lighter color, but the clothes do seem to have hanger-appeal.

I also saw a major Prada influence. I’m not sure if anyone else noticed this, but from the hair to the sunglasses, which were exceedingly reminiscent to Prada’s hair and sunglasses use in its last Spring collection. The proportions he used looked as though they were inspired by Prada, because the styling was so acutely in tune to how Prada styles its clothing. Also, nearing the end of the show, Wang threw in some lace underneath black jackets, which Prada used in its Fall 2008 collection (just a reminder).

In all, while there were subtle influences of Prada, the explosion of originality and creative ideas that Wang somehow comes up with surmounted his flaws. From the interesting take on the business suit with the long coattails to his incredible evening wear finale, he definitely succeeded in his take on a more sophisticated young woman.

By the way, if you want to see that Youtube video go here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__DMTof86Vo and I would do it quickly because that video might be removed soon who knows.

To see the photos, which definitely will not be removed, go here http://nymag.com/fashion/fashionshows/2010/fall/main/newyork/womenrunway/alexanderwang/#%20

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