Prada Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 19, 2013


LOVE. We don’t care what all y’all think – although you are invited to express yourself vehemently – we just love when Miuccia puts on a show. She is so not concerned with what other designers are doing or what might look good on a magazine cover. She’s the very definition of going her own way. And every season, people ask, “Who would wear this?” And every year, people wear it. And usually, at some point, she winds up influencing other designers down the line. This season, she rounded up a whole bunch of modern muralists and illustrators to create a backdrop on the themes of “femininity, representation, power and multiplicity.” We don’t quite know what that means but it sounds terribly fabulous, darlings.

It’s eye-catching and eye-popping, and yes, it’s weird, but we bet you’ll see versions of these designs all over the place next year.

Never, ever boring. That’s why we love her.







[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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  • Winter_White

    Don’t love these, but I thought of this quote:

    “The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage which it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.” — John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1869.

    • charlotte

      I read your name as “Walter White” and I don’t even watch Breaking Bad…

    • looklook

      But too many eccentrics kinda make eccentricity generic, no?

      • Winter_White

        Are there too many? True eccentrics, I mean, as opposed to the aggressively ambitious who think “eccentric” is a quick way to get noticed…or those who don the eccentricity mask to hide a lack of talent/vision…or hacks who are just praying that their messes might be seen as eccentricity…? I don’t know.

        In the larger American culture, I would say the answer is no, there aren’t too many — true eccentrics are usually mocked. (Fortunately, they don’t care!) 🙂

        • looklook

          Lol it’s just a random thought. I didn’t know it would prompt such intelligent responses/discussion. But I have to say you’re right. The group of people you mentioned is totally the first thing that comes to my mind when I see/hear the word “eccentric”-those who do it for the attention. Growing up in a (quite) conservative country, there are only two types of eccentric people here: those who are eccentric and get frowned upon and those who act all eccentric to gain attention AND get frowned upon. Lol.

          • Winter_White

            Lol, looklook. As I get older I find myself falling more and more in love with the oddball, marching-to-their-own-drum types.

            If you ever get a chance to see the documentary Bill Cunningham New York — he’s an example of the kind of true eccentric I wish there more of. Passionate about his work, about fashion; kind and moral and humble; sharp and energetic, even in his 80s…just everything I want to be when I grow up. 😉

            (Even Anna Wintour gets all warm and purringly affectionate when she talks about Bill!)

          • Constant Reader

            Me too! (Re: as I get older, falling more and more in love with the oddball types.) Even if I’m not in love with what they’re doing, I admire their dedication to it despite a culture that wants us to stand out only in certain ways.

      • fursa_saida

        Well, maybe, but “too many eccentrics” only makes sense to me as a concept if it’s too many of the same kind of eccentric. This is what we call hipsters. Per Winter_White’s response, there can also an element of falseness, “putting on” eccentricity to seem interesting. An actual eccentric may be consciously putting on certain specific eccentricities at times (cf. David Bowie, Andy Warhol), but the drive that makes them do that is authentic to themselves, and the way they go about it is basically impossible to replicate. Other actual eccentrics are just doing what they do without that same level of deliberate self-awareness, but I’d still call both kinds “eccentrics.” You could have a room full of eccentrics, but if each of them is being eccentric in their own way, then I don’t think they become generic–it’s just a total kaleidoscope of weirdness, like being in Alice In Wonderland or Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas or a million other things I’m failing to think of.

        At least, that’s how I see it. I typed “eccentric” or derivatives of it nine times in this comment and the word is mutating before my eyes now.

  • rkdgal

    The knitting community (of which I am a part) will be furiously working out patterns for those leg warmers! I won’t wear ’em, but I’ll happily knit a pair for anyone that wants them…

    • Lindsey would like to know if you work in leather?

    • Tanya Wade

      You said it!

  • charlotte

    Sorry guys, I think this collection is ugly as heck and the bras are on the wrong side.

  • Gauss

    I’ve got this: tomorrow I’ll just wear my most colorful bra over my jacket. I’m sure it will be a huge hit with my coworkers and students.

    • kimmeister

      Actually, I think you’ll need to run out and buy some that are 2 sizes too big in the band in order to fit them over big wool jackets.

      • YoungSally

        But is it acceptable to use soft cup bras or do they have to be underwires with a plunging neckline?

        • Constant Reader

          And I need to know if we will be wearing them as hats next season. If so, my one-year-old niece who was playing with my sister’s bras while my sister folded laundry is clearly a fashion savant.

          • YoungSally

            Seems reasonable….have to say I have found at least one of my dogs doing the same…note to self – don’t leave bras on floor.

  • It’s certainly not boring, and I can see some Dali influence that I like in the faces. But I admit the bra motif escapes me. The placement and proportion baffle me, and to my eyes, the green coat with the black sequin bra is so ugly it actually makes me mad.

    There, I said it.

    • Qitkat

      YES. That is also the one I detest the most. The face dresses with the bras positioned just so remind me of Minnie Mouse ears. Some of these color combinations are positively eye-searing. I appreciate the whimsy and the Dali-esque-ness of the creativity here, but all in all I imagine that if I ran into someone wearing the most outrageous of these, I would literally jump and make unattractive noises.

      • I just don’t understand the thinking behind visually lowering the torso to these extremes. At best, you end up with the dreaded ‘nipples as clothes hook’ effect – at worst, your bra tucks right into your waistband.

        Call me unsophisticated – I totally don’t get it.

    • fursa_saida

      Exactly. I think I could like this if the whole weird-fitting-boob-cup motif just wasn’t a thing. As it is I think it’s interesting but not really working for me. (Just for me, though!)

      Separately, I’m really happy that a collection that had “representation” and “femininity” in its description actually included some models of color. It seems like an obvious requirement for a collection that brings up those themes explicitly, but it would be sadly not at all surprising for the World of Fashun to fail to connect the dots.

  • Sarah

    Well, I never would’ve thought Prada would vindicate me in my love of legwarmers, but here it is. HA!

  • My curiosity slowly evolves into deep love.

    • anotherkate

      This was like a poem! 🙂

  • Denise Alden

    I don’t want to worry anyone, but I believe I hear one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse not too far off. That can be the only reason that there are models of color in this show, right?

  • Lizabits

    Fantastic, not crazy about the over bras but the rest is fantastic.

  • Ros

    I would wear them. Maybe not the faces, but everything else.

  • NoveltyRocker

    It sounds like these evolved from some very real commentary but all I can see is a show straight out of “Zoolander.” On the right person in the right context with the right intent, I can see these pieces really making an interesting impact but looking at it all on a runway, I just feel tired.

  • EKW2

    Eccentric, attention-grabbing fashion is one thing, wearable fashion is another.

  • Kate4queen

    It’s more art than fashion but some of those coats are beautiful. 🙂

  • hughman

    Well you can’t fault it for irony with the Pra-ssieres and the faces that look like fan paintings on deviantART. Wink wink, nudge nudge, ciao.

  • boweryboy

    I don’t like the trompe l’oiel bras or her penchant for seemingly unnecessary crystal embellishments, but she certianly does bring the craycray in a wonderful, wholly inaccessible way.

  • elirt

    Was the direction for make-up to make the models look at sullen, malnourished, sleep deprived, and unpleasant as possible? It looks like everyone was annoyed to have to walk the runway.

    • Qitkat

      If so, it was a success 🙁 Also what are the two models wearing stuck into their hair that no one else has?

  • Kelly

    I’m laughing at the silly, outside-the-clothes bras. But I love the furry, 40s-style coats.

  • JDreesen

    this is how i imagine the Troops for Truddi Chase would dress.

  • I work with independent senior citizens, we don’t have a dementia unit, so when a resident starts walking the halls with her underwear on the outside of her clothes, it’s a clear indication that it’s time to look into more patient-centric care.

    • CatherineRhodes

      You are very funny. Completely agree that the “overbra” is a bridge too far.

    • sagecreek

      I was hoping you’d comment, aa. I was speechless, but knew you would not be 🙂

  • Trickytrisha

    A couple of the subdued coats are very nice. The rest belongs in a dustbin somewhere in downtown Detroit. I think our Uncles must be giddy from NY Fashion Week. And they did invite us to express ourselves, vehemently. Welp, I vehemently think this “collection” is a deliberate joke by a bored fashion icon.

  • MilaXX

    It’s interesting. Ignoring the sweat socks and the seriously hiddy shoes I like some of the dresses and coats. For me the least successful pieces are the ones that give the appearance of a black glittery bra over top. The rest might actually work paired with more normal accessories.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I love graphical look of the big faces, especially on the coats. But cannot get behind the crazy bra tops.

  • kimmeister

    I do kind of dig the strapless numbers at the very end. The bedazzled legwarmers are just silly.

  • Chadge

    Love. As a crazyrabidbatshit Madge fan who tends to prefer the Madonna stuff everyone else hates the most, I can’t help but see a big influence from the MDNA Tour visuals: the nu-cone bra in the shiny/leather/whatever black bustiers, and the “Express Yourself” background imagery in the female iconography and bright poppy colors.

  • moohoop

    Hit it out of the park. LOVE. Guarantee those mural faces are gonna be IT next season.

    The thick-ribbed knits are gonna be everywhere. Insanely wearable.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Ookkaayy…I like the prints. I can’t with the bra/bust treatments…

  • crash1212

    Cah-razy! I love it though. Her coats are to die.

  • oyeyemi808


  • love the painted faces, but i don’t think i’ll be wearing a bra on the outside of my coat anytime soon.

  • Love. I would plot perfect murders to get to the coats.

  • Imasewsure

    Love some of the coats and dresses unreservedly… the rest I still like because it’s fun. I won’t go in the Prada store but I love looking in their windows (since everything is so gorgeous). Hope some of these make the window too!

  • nannypoo

    The 8th model in particular looks exactly like her dress.

  • conniemd

    Hate isn’t a strong enough word to describe how I feel about this collection. Perhaps detest?

    • sagecreek

      Loathe, excoriate, scorn?

      • conniemd

        Those work, too. After reading the other comments and the references to Dali, that’s why I hate it, feels like either the designer or myself is on acid – faces, weird color combination, bras outside the clothes. Definitely a bad trip.

        • demidaemon

          I think in order to completely understand it, you would have to use some sort of chemical assistance. However, I do wonder what would happen if this had been designed on acid and then the viewer or wearer than took acid. What would be the result? Awesomeness? Ora hallucinatory explosion?

  • filmcricket

    It’s striking me at the moment that the difficulty with Prada is that it requires a doctorate in clothes-wearing, and her style doesn’t really fit with those of our most eminent PhDs. Cate? No. Iman? Hell no. SWINTON? Maybe for a laugh, but not really. So Prada winds up on the younger Fanning, who certainly has the youth factor, but is not enough of a presence for the clothes yet.

    The person who should really get into this stuff is The Sev. It’s insane enough for multiple alters, and she could carry it with some authority.

  • sagecreek

    Hate, hate, hate the legwarmers. But then, I’m old.

  • Tasha

    Ghastly. Ghastly colors, ghastly shapes, ghastly shoes, ghastly styling. Even deconstructing into individual pieces, there is practically no there there – But – I sort of like the weird fluffy coats, especially the first one.

  • RoseJB

    I agree with everyone hating on the bra look. It’s ugly, and the bra bit is generally hanging too low (or maybe it’s the thick underband that makes the proportions look off). But I LOVE the face coats. The faces even work pretty well on skirts (the dresses look a little too cluttered).

  • valerie747

    Bwhaaaaaaaaa. Fluffy bra over face graphic = Mickey Mouse ears. Divine crazy. (Photos 6 & 7 from the top)

  • SugarSnap108

    Bras over coats are wrong. I never thought I’d have to make that statement.

    There’s one dress where I think the over-bra works — the olive green/black/red one — because it doesn’t look so bra-y. Otherwise, I don’t get it.

  • Jacquelyn

    Hate the bra look. Some of those coats are really interesting but it would take someone braver (and richer) than I to wear them.

  • LaSylphide

    Definitely not anything I would ever be caught dead wearing, but you know, it was fun and colorful to look at, although some of the shapes are not very flattering. I choose to see the external bras as a joking comment on the current fad of displaying underwear at every opportunity. And some of those coats, sans brassieres and/or excess decoration, would be terrific. Love #17 from the top as is.

  • betorah

    Oh the horror! She should be shot in order to put us out of our misery.

  • JulieTy

    There is not a thing in this collection I could or would wear and I LOVE IT ALL. It’s art.

  • lulukittie

    Pop art + bag lady chic.

  • Donna Tabor

    At last! I have always wanted to wear a bra crown over my coat!

  • joything

    A bra on the outside of a coat. Okay. Combining sequin-y blocks and swirls with casual/athletic knits and sport stripes – LOVE.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    I am both horrified and deeply in love.

  • Lilak

    I’m imagining Taylor Swift in one of the outer-bra deals, complete with the embellished legwarmers and sandals.
    (I can dream, can’t I?)

  • Samuel Joesph Donovan

    “I want to inspire women to struggle.”

    Such a BEAUTIFUL sentiment about modern feminism.

  • 30stmmom

    I love the bottom half of everything. That is all.

  • somebody blonde

    The outside bra things sure look better on some of these looks than others. And personally, I wish that the legwarmers were just normal socks. I outright LOVE about 90% of everything else about this collection, though.

  • paintedfish

    i thought the olive coat with the black bra was actually kind of fun and the least cray-cray of the lot.

  • frannyprof

    And, TLo, you are ever boring, which is why we love you. Even when we disagree. Like right now.

    • Laura Renee

      Am pretty sure you meant “never.” 🙂

      • frannyprof

        Laura Renee, I did!!! Thank you for the clarification!

  • quiltrx

    To my mind…I like eccentric, weird, funky stuff…but there has to be some beauty in it. My eye can’t find any beauty here, except (not surprisingly) the bags.
    I actually cackled at the ugly furry coat with the rainbow on it.

  • Slade Thunderdragon

    I love the collection. The thumbnail, however, reads Winnie the Pooh cosplay.

  • TerryMarie

    Hate the bras on the outside of the clothes. Hate the leg warmers. Love the big clunky shiny pieces on the dresses and coats, and really like most of the coats. But those bras on the outside – ugh.

  • I love the high-contrast faces in fur, which is not a sentence I could have ever imagined saying with sincerity. Always worshiping at the altar of Prada.

  • Jackie4g

    Not boring, but not wearable, either. The amount of toning down it would take to make these clothes wearable would ruin their eccentricity, so is this collection being clever for cleverness’ sake?
    Maybe the kids will want soccer socks to wear with everything? I can see the scattered petals on the coats being used, but bra-like super structures are not good for those with discernable breasts, or those who are flat chested, either. I would like to know which of the many ideas here will be successfully filtered down. Having trouble visualizing any of this as day wear.

  • These looks do nothing for the models’ bodies; that’s for sure.

    The fourth look is the ugliest outfit I’ve ever seen. The others are in the same league. Am I being punked? Is this a bad joke?

  • jorinde

    prada = bra-da

  • I am not loving this athletic sock/ill-fitting mock bra combo. I know you guys love Prada the way I love Shirley Manson, but seriously, this is a huge can of nope slithering out onto a plate in one massive, quivering lump, covered in congealed awhellno slime.

  • DeTrop

    No to the outer bras. Those of us with breasts, do not need this accessory. Yes to many of the prints and the silhouettes. Love the socks/leg warmers for those under 20 or those who look under 20. Interesting collection.

  • altissima

    Listen. Bras are called “underwear” because you wear them UNDER your clothes. Now go home and try again.

  • Viviennne

    ghastly ~ on many levels

  • Stubenville

    Remind me again why she’s famous? This is a bunch of hideous junk in ugly colors.

  • VioletFem

    I like the coats, minus the bra overlay.

  • Really? Beaded bras on outerwear? And leg warmers?

  • Targettaste

    Laughably ugly.

  • lalahartma

    I like the leg warmers, but not the the droopy boob over bras. (?!)

  • CKMia

    Fantastic. Take the pieces apart and every magazine editor will be wearing them next fashion week. Very photographable for the Street Style bloggers and easy for Zara to knock off for the the masses. She’s done it again.

  • Beardslee

    I like a lot of this, but as we see one parade of undernourished models after another, I wish the fashion industry would be kinder to its models and find beauty in young women who eat regular meals.

  • Tanya Wade

    Don’t love it all, but there are several “Kill a Bitch” coats in there. Several.

  • rage_on_the_page

    Bras on the outside! Hilarious. Love that first face-coat.

  • carnush

    It just looks more like a fall collection to me…

  • save_the_hobbit

    Would kill for those coats!

  • anotherkate

    I actually love the sporty stripes. Some of the less wackadoo coats are fabulous, too. Can’t wait to see Gaga in a giant fur coat with a face on it.

  • hellkell

    I love it–especially the coats and the shoes. Her shoes don’t get enough credit, IMO. I’m not loving the bra overlay, that’s my only quibble, it just looks stupid.

  • Ruth Preston

    The emperor is wearing tube socks. Call me one of the fashion-illiterate masses from a rectangular state, but I just don’t get it.

    Did anyone else think the one face-dress thing looked just like Daryl Hannah?

  • marlie

    Let’s start off by burning each and every one of those bra-like details/layers. When you get rid of those, I can say that most of the coats are really interesting and flattering. The rest… not really my cuppa.

  • Sunraya

    Didn’t Chris March has faces on some of his collection back in the days? I liked his better.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    The mural skirts are to die for. Don’t care for the bras over the dreses, but a couple of the ‘bra’ pullovers are weirdly fun.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I…. I just… I mean…. … … uh… I’m clearly not Prada’s customer but I just don’t get any of this.

  • Shawn EH

    Horrible colors, beautiful prints … some people could definitely pull off some of this as separates or party frocks.

  • ann

    really? beyond hideous.

  • paginatrix

    Not loving the exterior-bra business or the calf sweaters, but this almost-50-year-old would wear a lot of these pieces in a heartbeat. Beautiful, original stuff.

  • WittyCism

    I wanna wear tube socks! And socks as legwarmers! And socks as skirts! And socks as dresses! Yeah… right.

  • Madam Von Sassypants

    To me it seems you can take apart a lot of these outfits and use the elements on their own. Mashed all together it’s crazyballs.

    But I adore the army green pieces, and do like how they’re paired with the athletic stripes. A number of the dresses would be lovely on their own and I can easily see them on the RC. I want that royal blue coat with the gold detailing so hard. I’m also digging the gussets and overall silhouettes of the handbags.

  • GillianHolroyd

    I like the shoes with the ribbed toe. I think that’s what she’s selling here.

  • Scott Fitler

    My grandma used to wear her bras over her dresses and coats… who knew she was so fashion forward?

  • bellafigura1

    I so love the strapless versions of everything, they are wacky but toned-down.

    She is my absolute fashion hero, really, even though there are very few of her clothes I could wear in real life. She’s the very definition of iconoclast, and she does the granny-chic thing perfectly.

  • demidaemon

    I really hope the new trend isn’t bras over clothing.

  • shayna61

    It’s grotesque. Please god don’t let this influence anyone. It’s just a hot mess from top to bottom, start to finish.

  • AceOn6

    Take away the over bras, and you’ve got something.

  • dgh

    I’m not sure I’ve ever scrolled through so much contempt in the comments before, and I’m sort of mystified. I’d call the bra thing an intentionally startling conversation starter, but bras-as-outerwear is a “conversation” this culture has been having since well before Madonna met Gaultier. You know what I keep thinking about these particular bras? THEY ARE STUPID AND CLOWNISH. They are a grossly simplified cartoon of a sexually and emotionally overloaded physical restraint glued to the outside of a comfortable, relaxed garment. That’s an interesting enough addition to the conversation. Some of these dresses appear to be saying: “My taste and freedom to move are more important to me than fulfilling your expectations of my body parts, so I’m going to be wearing this loose knit dress, flat shoes, and a genuinely warm coat. Oh, you want boobies? Fine. Here’s a representation of a Sexy Woman Breast Molding Device. It’s a crude glittery cartoon because that’s what suits your stunted imagination. Now please go.” And I’ve always enjoyed an outfit that says “you bore me” in such overt terms.

    I think some of the slightly more abstracted bra shapes, entirely flattened and pieced into the garment (pics 18 – 22 or so), are perfectly wearable, and I might even be thinking they’re pretty as well as interesting. Coupled with the pop colors and giant graphics elsewhere, they can read as Big Cartoon Monster Eyes, which is also kind of a hilarious thing to do to the general theme of “what are breasts supposed to be?”

    These are assertive, almost violently extroverted clothes, but many of them feel more like an interior dialogue, which the wearer really doesn’t give a shit whether you overhear or not. But I also think many of these garments are just plain (well, not plain) beautiful, in a way that engages me to also think about what “beautiful” is made of in my head this year. I love the knit underskirts, the comfortable but still look-at-me shoes, the keyhole-cutout dresses with cartoon jewels, all the giant graphic heads, the giant side pocket, the solid-color embellished coats. The more my eyes get used to them, the more things I find to like and look at again.

    • Lilak

      (whoa . . . my ears are ringing!)

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    I love the fur coats and the “face” skirts. The rest has a bizarre juxtaposition that I find odd and mostly unwearable. It will be interesting to see how the clothes look in the stores.

  • kolokOlchik

    perfect for Finnish hipsters. Have you seen their streetwear?