Prada Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on March 05, 2012

We feel like we always need to explain our love for Prada. After all, we named one of our cats after her and people don’t always seem to respond well to the line whenever we post it. For this collection, we love the retro-futuristic feel of it; the almost robotic repetitive imagery in the prints, which look like ’70s wallpaper; the knife-like precision of the tailoring which is so subtle you almost don’t notice it at all; and the breezy, clean lines which soften these looks and make them adaptable and easy to wear. It’s, as always with Prada, a very intellectual, very thought out version of fashion. Because of that, it always feels five steps ahead of the trends.

 

[Photo Credit: prada.com]

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  • Pupioso

    Well..I like some of it. As usual though the makeup is distracting. I do like the lines of the prints.

    • Beardslee

      I am so with you on the makeup.  I averted my eyes from THEIR eyes and just concentrated on the clothes.  I like a lot of this collection and would buy some if I ever could, especially the jackets.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I’ve always loved Prada. Some seasons it’s harder to feel the love, but seems to me that’s how it is with love.

  • snarkmeister

    Do we really have to do dresses over pants AGAIN?  Please, just no.  I’m not a Prada *clothing* fan, although the bags are generally made of awesomesauce.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

      Ok, when we win the lottery and can get the clothes adjusted to our size and tastes, I will tell them – make the jackets shorter. no dress. black pants.

      I like the prints, but too much of it makes me dizzy

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Very editorial. I can imagine Kirsten Dunst wearing many of these. I love Prada, but most of these looks are just too busy for me. Their bold colored stripes and monkeys from last spring were at the outer limits of my sartorial wildness, though I did love that collection.

  • JDreesen

    LURV.

  • kimmeister

    I’m curious to see how those shoes look from the side.

    • http://twitter.com/andsheewas Renee H.

       I was thinking the same thing.

  • MilaXX

    This one isn’t that bad. The 3rd row makes me a bit stabby; it’s too 70′s. I’m not a fan of most 70′s inspired looks. I don’t like the prints on the coats, but on the pants ad bags they work for me.

    • Qitkat

      stabby— lol, I’ll have to find a way to use that. The second row makes me feel that way, too Stepford.

  • Dennis Sandoval

    This truly has to be seen in motion, in HD to be appreciated. It’s really beautiful 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsQAbx3MPPw 

    • Sara__B

      Thanks for the link. You’re right!

    • random_poster

      Yes, thanks for the link. Motion really does it justice. 

      I am a Silicon Valley geek, and kept wondering if Intel knew that Prada broke into the storage room and swiped some processors to use as appliques for coats and blouses.

    • nancylee61

      When I watched the video, the clothes seemed much more repetitive than the stills did. Same black with the shiny over and over. 

    • Qitkat

      I should have watched this before commenting. Bella! Somewhat mesmerizing with the music and the carpet and the deadpan looks of the models. It’s obvious how beautiful the fabrics and embellishments are. Even the high heeled shoes are effective, but the flats, still ugh.

      • Beardslee

        Yes, the flats are just terrible.   I’d like the high heeled shoes if they were shorter and could dispense with the clumsy hoof part at the toe.  That trend cannot disappear fast enough for me.

    • alyce1213

      Absolutely.  Thanks for posting.  

  • Jasmine Moten

    The first model looks like an extra from The Walking Dead. Freaky make-up. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

    “… the knife-like precision of the tailoring which is so subtle you almost don’t notice it at all; and the breezy, clean lines which soften these looks and make them adaptable and easy to wear.”  – I’m always impressed when TLo come up with analyses like this that have never occurred to my mind to even consider.  

    From my decidedly amateurish point of view, then, the matching printed jackets and pants (2nd and last rows) are a bridge too far.  However, my rich fantasy self is wearing the blue outfit in the 5th row.

  • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

    Remember when Miuccia cried out for models (instead of regular, fat human opera singers) when she costumed Verdi’s “Atilla”?  I’m still not over that, but I do love these prints.

  • http://www.twitter.com/allforusophia AllForUSophia

    Love.All.The.Prints!

  • jw_ny

    Which of the print suits will we soon be seeing Florence Welch donning ….

    • NICHOLAS PASQUALE

      Last row, left. Mark my words.

  • http://twitter.com/arodenha Alli

    Prada is always funny to me because, 9 times out of 10, I’ll see the collection and go, “That’s so effing ugly” but then, 6 months later and after it’s been featured in Vogue twice that many times, I can’t even imagine fashion and it’s high-street counterparts without it. Think: Technicolor fur wraps, raffia flatforms, LACE EVERYTHING, rocketship heels. I await our next orders for Miuccia on high.

  • Sweetpea176

    Shoes and bags:  fab.  Clothes:  Not feeling it, but not loathing them like I did the monkeys.

  • introspective

    The belted coats and blazers are pretty fab in terms of tailoring especially. The prints every which way but loose are a little much. They arent harmonizing so much as theyre fighting with each other.

    I see the merits of these pieces when i imagine them paired with solids/basics. Any piece could be worn with a plain pencil skirt or skinny jean on a daytime jaunt or a less serious red carpet though to kick a look up several notches.

    And all the bags need no thought. Do prada bags ever need anything more than “ill take them all” (in my dreams that is)

  • Sarah Thomas

    I assumed you named your cat after her because of her first name’s fortunate onomatopoeia. If you were dog people I assumed your dogs would be named Viktor and Rolf. 

  • artgirl9

    I love it and look forward to seeing the spill-off from it elsewhere.  Makes me think of amped up India.

  • http://twitter.com/aStudiobytheSea a Studio by the Sea

    Nope, it’s just ugly.  Heavy embellishments, nauseating colors and patterned fabrics, leaden designs.  Wear if you want to look 50 pounds heavier and give people who see you in it epileptic fits. 

    • vanjar

      Totally agree. Those clothes already look bulky on really thin, tall models, let alone on regular sized women.

  • crash1212

    Can’t concentrate on the fashion because those eyebrowless eyes of the undead are boring a hole in my soul. Creepy!

  • Synnamin

    It’s all very Italian, isn’t it?

    Seriously, it’s ok (although the styling is cray-cray), but definitely a retro-Italian feel to it.

  • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

    I often have a hard time “getting” a Prada collection until it turns up in ad campaigns and editorials a few months later, at which point it all comes together. It doesn’t exactly speak well to its wearability, but it is something I’ve consistently noticed.

  • BrightsideSusan

    If I were to win big on the lottery and lose 100 pounds (or so?)  then I would buy some pieces from this collection. 

  • Chaiaiai

    Prada always give me something to think about.  The craftmanship is, of course, superb.  And I think I’ve finally come to the conclusion of how I feel about Miuccia’s vision.  The adjective “handsome” for a woman is how I feel about her vision.  It’s not pretty, it’s not “feminine”, it’s not beautiful.  It’s handsome.  If that makes any sense. 

  • Presumptuous Insect

    Some of the patterns are going to give me a seizure.

  • Sara__B

    I like the embellished black coats, but loathe the highwater pants, the high belts, skirts-over-pants, and the rubber-dipped shoes, especially the low heeled ones. It would be fun to mix the separates in ways that better suit my tastes — I see many lovely pieces in this collection.

  • ccm800

    Fantastic separates. 

  • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

    I don’t like the patterns or eye makeup, but I like some of the colors and a few of the skirts. I don’t think Prada will ever be the designer for me. The clothes look too much like costumes for me. *shrug*

  • hughman

    If Maude ever went to Italy she would have been all over those long vests.  

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Those looks create some very bottom-heavy silhouettes. Can’t say I’m a fan.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    The Walking Dead makeup is very off putting….

    • NasserShaheen

      The models in the fourth row will give me nightmares for weeks.

  • butter nut

    i didn’t even get to scroll down before i started screaming over those coats.  ME WANT!  and those skirts…  the high-water pants, the higher waistlines…  these are fun trends.  can’t wait for the rest of fashion to catch up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

    Gorgeous, Adaptable is the key word I think, I see these pieces and imagine a million different outfits even when the runway styling isn’t the best. Hate those shoes with a passion though.

  • Amy Ellinger

    The bags, absolutely.  The clothes and shoes…I just can’t. While the tailoring and cut is sublime, the prints just make my eyes water, and the shoes look like clod-hoppers.

    Although one or two of the prints would look nice as throw pillows on a neutral couch.

    • Qitkat

      Gimme those throw pillows ;-)

  • Cousin_Rose

    Ug. Count me amongst the “does not respond well”. And ditch the zombie eyes. How do the expect to sell clothes to women when they make beautiful women models look ugly?

  • rainwood1

    I’m sure Prada, the cat, is wonderful.  Prada, the collection, not so much.  I usually feel nada for Prada and this collection is no different.  It all feels kind of geekily awkward. 

  • nancylee61

    I love the coats and the prints. The bags are great!! I don’t love the solids with all the crap appliqued on. It is ugly, IMHO. 

  • SewingSiren

    I love the shoes.

  • http://profiles.google.com/junkfoodgenius Neva Reese

    Florence Welch needs to be in these looks.

  • http://twitter.com/delysia_lafosse Delysia LaFosse

    I don’t love the hair and makeup, but I am really excited to see the clothes styled for editorials and red carpets. There are some great pieces in there.

  • lizajane1776

    For the first time, the unusual makeup does not distract me, instead is somehow fades into background.
    Or maybe the clothes are just *that* fabulous.

  • joything

    Oh, yes yes yes I wanna try ‘em on.  Skirts with pants is the only way I can wear skirts, anymore.  Which means I don’t wear skirts, because until I saw these, skirts with pants meant doofy hipster teenage girl.

  • boweryboy

    My love for Prada comes and goes.  The last collection I really loved was the one with the hospital scrub dresses and Josephine Baker imagery.

    Everything since then, not so much. 

    I do think I’m coming back around to loving her work again.  The geometric prints, especially in row 3, are pretty awesome.

  • minnye

    I second (third? fourth?) the voices who want to see more of the SHOES.

  • quiltrx

    I like most of the trims, and a lot of the patterns (sometimes they’re a bit much all together).

    But I think I might LOVE the bags if I could see them a bit more.  Some of them even appear to be *purple*…I love purses and bags, and if I were filthy rich I know that’s where a lot of my money would go!

  • TSkot

    If ever the word “fugly” applied, it’s here.  How sad such good craftsmanship is so wasted.

  • introspective

    Totally off topic: Can we get a TLounge going for Rupaul’s drag race??? My kingdom for a live conversation during this show cause the hubby draws the line at drag queens. So i dont have anyone around to share running commentary with.

    Please???

  • http://twitter.com/nkk Nikki

    I think I might have to go over to Saks and Neimans and oogle over some of these once they come in (obviously in different forms) and then pray to the all mighty Muiccia that someone doesn’t want the ones I like and they’ll go on super-sale… I’ve been very lucky and accrued some amazing finds that way… I want the whole bottom row and the whole fourth from the bottom row at least.  The way I see it you can split the pieces up and wear them individually.  I’s like Etro or Missoni, there is no way you can actually walk down the street wearing THAT much pattern/color, but one (or maybe 2) pieces, et voila!

  • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

    …breezy?

  • cowper

    Indian women entrepreneurs will rule the future! I love it.

  • In_Stitches

    The typical model walk of ‘pelvis out, shoulders back’ coupled with the almost empire-waistline is making a lot of these clothes look like maternity wear.   How apropos considering the models have been styled to look like Snooki with the raccoon eyes and flat-ironed to death, two tone hair, who just announced her pregnancy.

  • http://twitter.com/jaythenerdkid Aaminah Khan

    I always love the idea behind their collections, but the execution often leaves me cold.

  • granddelusion

    I’m fascinated by their feet. It’s like they’ve been dipped.

  • j_anson

    I could never wear a single one of those prints, but it’s fun to look at.

  • Qitkat

    Has Florence Welch tried Prada? Because this seems to be a better look for her than the Moschino she sported recently.

    Yikes! on some of these shoes. Looks like galoshes.

    I’m so thrilled to see more prints than ever this season on the runway, even though they are not all to my taste. Particularly love the first and last suits in the bottom row. And top row middle. And the long sleeveless coat-vests. So Cool.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I’m really kind of bored with the print mixing.  It was daring once or twice. Now, it’s just gone back to kind of ugly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610791985 Aniela Marie Perry

    Patsy and Edina for Prada.

  • Sara Morris

    I. LOVE. IT.  But, then, I too have a bizarre fascination with Prada.

  • Bozhi

    love it

  • ChristySchiff

    Maybe I’ve just been thinking about the Monkees a lot lately, but wouldn’t those prints look great in a Nehru jacket?

    • formerlyAnon

      I’ve been expecting a resurgence of the Nehru jacket for the last several years.

      • ChristySchiff

         I’m ready for it!

  • NasserShaheen

    Some of these prints are like those magic pictures you had to stare at and an image would appear. I could never make those work and they just left me with a headache.

  • miwome

    Those bright, kaleidoscopic prints in the bottom row are wonderful, if hard to wear. And the SHOES. The shoes are slaying me.

  • http://twitter.com/wednesdaydreams Natalie

    This season was a little harder for me to love than the past few seasons, but they’ve always been one of my favorites. Amazing use of prints.

  • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

    Hate the eye makeup, they all look like angry hawks.  The prints are funk-adelic, but you need skinny legs and no thighs to get away with that look.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Cookie.Taz Aisa Ginger Jake Psenicnik

    sending clothes down the runway on actual skeletons now… 

  • mjude

    WOW.LOVE.

  • serenitynow02

    Those zombie eyes are really off-putting. Not feeling much love for the clothes, but the shoes, I’d like to see those up close.

    • poggi

       Yes, some of them seem a little alien or skull-like too. It can be a bit hard to focus on the clothes, although these should be fun in editorials.

  • Judy_J

    There is a definite 1970′s vibe going on with these clothes, in a good way.  The ’70′s were resposible for some pretty awful fashion, but there was good stuff, too.  I especially love the pantsuits and long coats.

  • formerlyAnon

    The print pantsuits and coats remind me of issues of Vogue & Harper’s Bazaar from my childhood & youth. (which would be the ’60s & edging into the ’70s).  Both the fabric and the emphatic nature of the prints say “clothes for the rich” to me. Those prints are not mix ‘n match basics nor are they classics that can play a part in the wardrobe for years and years without looking dated.  And you will not get knockoffs that’ll hold that sheen and line. Half a dozen dry cleanings and your knock off will never hang right again.

    Which means I like them but don’t love them enough to ever wear them, barring a lucky consignment store find.

    This collection makes me feel we are due for a post on shoes, as soon as our hard working hosts have time.

  • formerlyAnon

    The print pantsuits and coats remind me of issues of Vogue & Harper’s Bazaar from my childhood & youth. (which would be the ’60s & edging into the ’70s).  Both the fabric and the emphatic nature of the prints say “clothes for the rich” to me. Those prints are not mix ‘n match basics nor are they classics that can play a part in the wardrobe for years and years without looking dated.  And you will not get knockoffs that’ll hold that sheen and line. Half a dozen dry cleanings and your knock off will never hang right again.

    Which means I like them but don’t love them enough to ever wear them, barring a lucky consignment store find.

    This collection makes me feel we are due for a post on shoes, as soon as our hard working hosts have time.

  • Judih1

    It’s too much – too many layers, too much make-up, too much prints. Do not like. Some of the shoes are interesting though

  • Judih1

    It’s too much – too many layers, too much make-up, too much prints. Do not like. Some of the shoes are interesting though

  • guest2visits

    Ahh….. Too much of a good thing piled on everyone. I want to see the shoes.

  • guest2visits

    Ahh….. Too much of a good thing piled on everyone. I want to see the shoes.

  • NurseEllen

    The models look so ANGRY it’s hard for me to concentrate on the clothing.  Which is quite a feat, considering how eye-grabbing those prints and colors are.  Can’t say I like any of these although I appreciate the thought and execution.  I’d like to see some of the bags close up!

  • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

    It takes a lot of confidence to wear this much geometric print! Love some of the pieces, they are beautiful. But hard to wear in the real world, where most of us live.

  • ringthing

    Love the shoes. Sue me.

  • poggi

     I hope this trickles down into great print pieces (a skirt seems a lot easier to wear) at more moderate price points.  I would love to add some more prints to my closet.

  • ConstanceGrace

    Not crazy about the giant bedazzlements, although the crystals are stunning, I’m sure. But I like the silhouettes, even the skirts with pants. And dear god, I love those patterned suits.

  • Victoria Sharoyan

    In love with those two black scoop neck dresses, and the black and white top with the orange skirt is sen-sa-tion-al.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Stephens-Bassett/1503492602 Karen Stephens Bassett

    I can’t get past the raccoon eyes.

  • bluefish

    Love love and then love some more.  Love.

  • Susan Crawford

    I really, really LOVE the coats! Normally, I’m not a major fan of printed coating material, but the simplicity and ease of the design makes these coats SO desirable. Also love the red skirt on the right, fourth row down. Very kicky and fun! The cropped pants I also like a lot, but I’d personally stick to a solid rather than those busy, sort of foulard prints.

    As always, the bags and shoes look amazing.

    I don’t see that eye make-up catching on anytime soon, but that’s our Miuccia for you. I’m sure there is some philosophical/political reference going on there. I’m waiting for Bernard-Henri Levy and Daphne Guinness to explain it all to me. I find life is always SO much easier when I leave the whole politico-philo thing to the experts. I can just listen quietly and have another wee dram of scotch.

  • MagsRagsVintage

    Would love to see some closer shots of the shoes – I think I might love them. I agree that the makeup is very distractings, in Boris Karloff/Frankenstein kind of way. Reminds me too of those neanderthal caveman insurance commericals.

  • http://twitter.com/VeronikaMK Veronika Kaufman

    Prada is like the H&M of high fashion: wearing all Prada is just too much of a good thing. Having said that, the pieces are so distinctive, they are difficult to combine with anything else and just scream Prada. I love Prada I just don’t like being a walking advertisement for Prada. 

  • oohsparkley!

    I didn’t even see the clothes, those creepy eyes started to freak me out.  The makeup is wierd and creepy.  I went back to look at the designs and kind up cool except I don’t like short pants.

  • http://twitter.com/wonderdivaEtsy wonderdivaEtsy

    I saw the thumbnail photo before reading the text and thought it was from Seth Aaron’s finale show.  I liked his styling much, much better.  Those hoof-like shoes aren’t doing it for me, especially with the cropped pants.

  • http://twitter.com/wonderdivaEtsy wonderdivaEtsy

    I saw the thumbnail photo before reading the text and thought it was from Seth Aaron’s finale show.  I liked his styling much, much better.  Those hoof-like shoes aren’t doing it for me, especially with the cropped pants.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I really love the silhouette of the pantsuits with the longer belted jacket and cropped pant. The geometric prints are pretty fab. Wish they’d do a line for Target so I could afford some of it…

  • k op

    Keep up the Prada love!  No matter whether I love it or hate it or simply don’t understand it, Prada designs assert a completely individual vision into the highly repetitive fashion landscape.   I ALWAYS look at their spreads and open your links to Prada’s runways.  Prada is intelligent and provoking.  That is enough to adore them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    Some of those geometric prints are seizure-inducing.

  • Sunshine16

    I am too disturbed by the eye makeup to look at all the clothes.  SCARY!

  • Lisa

    I’m not totally nuts about this collection or the styling, no.  But if it softens the blow, I love the fact that Kitty De TLo is named Prada!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    OMG I was just thinking about how much I liked Edwardian clothes/coats and wondering how on earth you could wear the feeling of something like that in this day and age – and BAM.  Here we go.  LOVE THIS COLLECTION. 

    • Lattis

      That’s interesting that you see Edwardian in this collection. Is it the combination of long coats with pants that reminds you of the Edwardians?

      I was kind of reminded of the pictures of shoes I was looking at the other day on the Victoria & Albert Museum site. Elizabethan ladies wanted to keep their pretty embroidered slippers out of the mud, so they wore pattens strapped onto their shoes. The shoes in the Prada collection kind of remind me of that concept combined with the slip on galoshes my dad used to wear. There is something good-natured and humorous about the shoes here that I like.

  • ChelseaNH

    The ones with the belts — I have the impression of big bellies, which is clearly not the case.  It’s very disconcerting.

  • Lattis

    There is so much to love in this collection, I hardly know where to start. 

    1. The little bags made my heart stop they are so beautiful.

    2. I’m curious about the pieces that look sort of like crushed velvet or maybe dyed cow hide (there’s a brown pant and coat, a purply-blue outfit and a black one). What are they made of? Anyone?

    3. I get a kind of eastern vibe from this – sort of Persian rug-ish, or Indian textile that are embellished with mirrors etc. The mix of prints and ornament is beautiful.

    4. I loved looking at the detail shots of this collection on Style.com.

    5. I’ll always thank you guys for introducing me to Prada. Don’t laugh – I live out here in a desert! I don’t mean that metaphorically – I mean a real damn desert.

  • Derek_anny

    I see these tiling patterns and think Clownfish Pants.  Or more accurately, what they should have been.

  • ghopping

    SO distracted by the GAGA cheek bones… UGH