Miuccia Prada has been leaping from theme to theme in recent shows, not all of which were successful, and with no connections to be made between them. But Miu Miu fans everywhere were in for a treat when the brand’s 2016 Resort collection debuted. Since the designer is far from being known for using past trends from the brand’s history, this came as quite a shock to viewers, but the shock quickly turned into awe. For her Miu Miu resort 2016 line, Prada had taken prints from the brand’s archives and used them for a fresh and modern line, using those cat motifs for the shoes as well that you can shop here.
Mrs. Prada tapped into the Spring 2010 line to resurface one of the brand’s most memorable showings: swallows, kittens, and nude women. The first showing in 2010 sparked much success for the brand, scoring a lot of facetime in editorials everywhere, as with the showing in Vogue’s February 2010 issue. The patterns were originally featured in pastel tones on all types of silhouettes, from miniskirts to clogs, and ranged between all types of styles and moods. The looks were seen long after on starlets everywhere, and were quickly cleared off of shelves from retail chain stores.
Cats are a huge trend in pop culture right now, and with the success of the print in the past, Miuccia Prada’s choice is clear. You can’t go wrong with cats in today’s world, and the fact that this is an archival pattern made Miu Miu fashonistas everywhere lose their minds. This wave of the pattern will likely be more successful than the last time, since it plays upon the audience’s nostalgia and their sense of luxury style.
There was a pair of cowboy boots in this collection as well; a pair adorned with cats and shimmery gold, for the Miu Miu lover who loves to see the “meow meow” side of the brand. These boots are probably going to hit the market and blow up, so if you want to secure a pair for yourself, you’ll need to be ready to push and shove your way to the frontlines for the chance at a pair.
Mrs. Prada showed yet again her love of skirting the line between young and mature, especially with the use of the animal prints. There’s something so fun and innocent about wearing a cat or bird printed garment, but when the pattern is a miniskirt, there’s something else to be said about it. The juxtaposition is intriguing, but could only be so masterfully executed by the Miu Miu brand.
Miu Miu’s print revival for 2016 was a great move for the house, but judging by the brand’s tendency to flit around from idea to idea, there’s no telling what will be in store for the next collection. We can only hope there’s something with a large element of surprise, like this collection had for us.