Show report: Prada A/W’12

The vast purple carpet printed with graphic patterns that served as a catwalk was...

The vast purple carpet printed with graphic patterns that served as a catwalk was an indication of the sharp about turn Miuccia Prada took for her autumn/ winter collection.

Bold geometrics in strong shades of tangerine, purple, green and blue dominated this arresting Prada show.

Sometimes they appeared as a matching suit with a buttoned up jacket and slim pants while in other looks Prada jumbled up her patterns to create the kind of look-at-me ensembles the street style stars (and Prada loyalists) will be fighting to get their hands on in six months time.

And in contrast to spring’s super feminine 50s inflected collection of jewelled satin jackets and pretty pastel pleated skirts, this was all about strong silhouettes; jackets and coats were all layered over a neat cropped pant that hovered just above the ankles.

Long black coats were also layered on the same pants but with a long skirt in-between too. The real wow factor came from the incredible embellishment that topped almost every look.

Chunky jewels and abstract beading circled hems, lapels and trailed down the back of coats and skirts. Those too looked set to be serious trophy pieces come September.

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