Prada Fall 2009 Ready-to-WearPrada Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Prada Fall 2009 Ready-to-WearPrada Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Prada Fall 2009 Ready-to-WearPrada Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear Prada Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Miuccia Prada debuted a striking take on utilitarian style for fall/winter 2009.
The collection included myriad structured coats in earth tone wools. These coats were impeccably tailored and worn with belts that added even more definition to the clean lines of the outerwear. Prada worked with traditional rich fall colors for this collection. Vibrant greens, reds, and mustard yellow added contrast to the primarily dark palette.

Models looked as if they had been exposed to the elements. Hair was worn off the shoulders in frizzy chignons. Makeup was primarily nude and minimal to complement the stark porcelain skin of the models. The stares from the model's red rimmed eyes and their overall demeanor evoked an apocalyptic vibe. In Prada's rendition of the future, functionality and fashion coincide in a genius manner. Prada recognized that in these volatile financial times women need to be strong and the ruggedness that was worked into 40 elegant looks embodied this idea.

The "strong woman" concept also translated into footwear and was seen in the rubber thigh high fishing boots with straps that attach to waist belts and the heels with rubber soles often found on sporting boots. These boots looked amazing when paired with a deep v-neck cardigan and high-waisted shorts. They would be perfect for trekking through the city sleet in style. Prada's combination of the practicality of sportswear and the grandeur of high fashion was executed phenomenally.

Dresses were also a staple of this collection. Many featured plunging necklines that created a unique sense of sexy amongst a collection that rewrites the conventions of femininity. Leather gladiator inspired dresses  made an appearance and bolstered Prada's image of the strong woman.  Fur appeared on dresses but not in its usual luxurious fashion. It was made bold and sexy in a way that separated it from its Park Avenue princess connotations.

Prada's fall/winter collection demonstrates the brand's acknowledgment that women are currently facing a significantly different economic climate. Unlike many designers this season who have failed to accept this reality, Miuccia Prada combats this grim state without compromising her own aesthetic. The result is an extraordinary collection that demonstrates fashion's ability to be a barometer of the state of society. Prada has presented a future that women will be fearless to live in. (Equipped with those fabulous boots of course).

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