Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Let Fashion Bloom in Prada Resort 2008

It's all about colors and flowers for Prada's resort collection 2008. From the usual floral prints of bougainvillea and violets to the classic coin-sized black polka dots, the 20 pieces collection of dresses, separates, tops and bottoms are de rigeurs of next pre-Spring period.

Though the designer is well-known for her trademark minimalism-influenced designs, the Resort collection displays difference that distinguishes it from the rest of her past and present ready-to-wear collections.

Here,for Resort 2008, Miuccia showcases her strong passion in skirts by giving
them volume thus creating a blooming effect as if they are flowers blossoming in the early morning of Spring. Volumes are also applied on nicely pleated cotton toga dresses.

Unlike its recent Fall/Winter collection that I find a tad boring, the Resort (or can be considered as the pre-Spring) collection seemed to be much more interesting and alive. Subtle and soft color palettes of marine blue, metallic bronze/copper, khaki, pale violet and pale beige made the base colors of the collection.

Asian and vintage style influence prevails in this collection through Prada's own interpretation of Chinese's Cheongsam. What differs the cheongsam apart from your typucal and traditional cheongsam is that Miuccia has been added a little fold element plus two front pockets into the creation thus giving it a little western feeling. For accessories, most fashion editors favored the painted sculpted satin mule which resembles a blooming rose.

For my personal pick from this upcoming Resort collection, I choose this marvelous multi-fold silk shantung dress in metallic bronze because pf its unique folds that hanging like a lantern. The frock also looks so classic, and reminds me of the prom gowns worn by girls in the late 50's or 60's.

I also love the accompanying shoes as the accessory of choice because on the vamp knot of the shoes resembles a red butterfly fluttering its wings, a symbolism to a fine Spring day.

Prada Resort 2008 collection is available at Prada stores next year. In September, Prada opens its second KL store at the ultra-glam Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

*Photos by Kevin Sturman for

- Ground Floor, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang 50800 Kuala Lumpur.

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