In the 'Style' section of The New York Times on Sunday, June 13th, Bill Cunningham's 'On the Street' column was devoted to Miuccia Prada, arguably the most influential designer today, who was in New York last Monday to pick up her CFDA International Designer of the Year award.
He described her "low-key designs" as "among the most popular on the streets of New York and at evening parties" (he should know), and filled his pages with pictures of well dressed women enviably turned out in some of her freshest ideas.
Included was Anna Wintour, looking wonderful in a knee length "star embroidered chiffon dress" worn alone and with a "gold gossamer-thin sari trench coat". In my opinion, while Anna wears the designs of many different people, she looks the best in Miuccia's ever so modern, youthful, perfectly proportioned creations that are completely attuned to the times. Always incredibly fabricated and tailored, they flatter her frame and suit her to a 't'.
Given that Anna is perfect for Miuccia's clothes, happens to be a bona fide fan and friend, and the designer was being honored by the CFDA last Monday, I think this would have been a far better choice than the slightly boring and a bit predictable Chanel two piece gown she settled on. Also, Anna has such great gams - all the better to show them off.
Oh, and while I'm at it, I must point out that in the text that accompanied the images, Bill observed that "Prada customers buy their clothes, rather than borrowing them, for gala events." Funny- I talked about the subject of borrowing in a column I wrote for the Daily Fashion Report ("On Borrowed Time") immediately following the CFDA Awards, which seemed to be awash in borrowed gowns (how boring). I guess I'm not the only one who is struck by how rampant this practice is. Doesn't anybody wear their OWN clothes to big time events anymore? Oh, how silly of me- the designers, of course.
Posted by Marilyn Kirschner