Images by yours truly from Miu Miu 57th Street, NYC
Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending Miu Miu's Fall / Winter 2013 Collection preview, at the New York flagship on East 57th Street. Assisted by my favorite Miu Miu Short Hills sales associate Tia (see above), I was able to review each and every piece in the collection, from ready-to-wear to made-to-order.
Overall, the collection reminded me of looks that my mother would have worn, perhaps when she was my age (and a tad whimsical). Astrakhans, calf-skimming skirts, and neckerchiefs, were just some of bits that harkened to an older time in fashion, made contemporary with polka-dots, the sporty aesthetic and sometimes, cartoon-esque shapes. I believe this to be the strength of Miuccia Prada, refashioning the sometimes dated feminine. Miuccia always knows how to breathe life into women's contemporary fashion.
Above were some of my favorite pieces from the preview. In Miu Miu, I tended to gravitate towards the accessories, footwear and outwear. I loved the generous amount of matelasse leather used in the construction of the clutches and shoulder bags, could certainly use one for my collection. Also, I was somewhat smitten with the handbags in the last image. The shape was just incredibly classic and feminine.
Miu Miu, believe it or not, designs some incredible furs. You may remember this fur from Miu Miu, one that I still absolutely die over. Although fashion designers may not be the first stop in the hunt for an incredible fur, I would certainly encourage it. The constructions and compositions tend to be more risk-taking than at traditional fur salons.
Finally, color, print and texture were all strong throughout the collection. From polka-dotted coats to shearling collars, each piece was unique and certain to draw a lot of attention from a passerby. The preview left me with a lot to consider and motivation to push my fearlessness this fall; the time of "all black everything" is over.