In the Market Report:

In the “Pink” of Things

Anna Wintour at the 87th Academy Awards

So, it seems Anna Wintour knew that something was in the air when she decided to wear that pastel pink gown and matching fur shrug at the 87th Academy Awards last Sunday. Surprise, surprise (not!) She, along with supermodel Karolina Kurkova and Gwyneth Paltrow, were the other fashionable attendees who stood out on the red carpet by virtue of the fact that they opted for this traditionally sweet, girlie, feminine pastel hue, instead of the more predictable shades of red, black, white, gold, silver, etc. that one is accustomed to seeing at these high profile events.

Prada Fall 2015

As I have previously mentioned, the combination of baby pink and red has long been considered to be a decidedly chic and fashionable (if not an unusual and surprisingly off beat color combination), so, it should not have been that surprising when it appeared in several guises during the course of Miuccia Prada’s pastel – saturated Fall 2015 runway show held in Milan on Thursday evening. Like the rest of us, the brilliant designer apparently bores easily and seems to have a short attention span; and she has turned being fickle and contradictory, into an art form. Which explains why each season, you can rely on her to go completely against what she previously showed. Case in point, just about one month ago, she unveiled an almost entirely all black pre fall 2015 collection and admitted that she was feeling for strict and severe “uniform” dressing (which has also beens another Prada signature through the years). But not this time.

Prada Fall 2015

For Fall 2015, Miuccia was in true form with a collection that was a testament to her ongoing love affair with strange and unorthodox colors and color combinations (various shades of pink, blue, green, gray, mustard, ochre, etc.); offbeat use of furs and plastic (as ornamentation); gutsy, hefty tweeds along with luxurious, exotic skins and innovative fabrics; pared down, almost minimal shapes (in this case, everything was neat, fitted, short, and cropped, including the pants); and of course, her beloved structured satchels.

The overall effect was subversively ladylike (and innocently childlike at the same time), and her runway did not look like anyone else’s this season. But of course, she did look like the Miuccia we have all come to know and love. In the meantime, it’s worth noting that while off beat color combinations and pastels defined her collection, (there were even pastel hued walls in her show venue), Miuccia herself took her bow in the always chic combination of black and white. It’s as though she was saying, “Do what I say, not as I do.”

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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