Miu Miu Spring Collection: Off The Deep End With Arty Crap Collection

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So, early this week I wrote a piece about how much I`m loving Prada right now, so I thought it would be fitting to look at kid-sister line, Miu Miu, and see what they`ve been up to. Given the fab output from Prada this year, I reasoned that Miu Miu must have some good stuff going on too. Sadly, Miu Miu`s Spring collection is a huge disappointment – especially coming on the heels of such an excellent Prada collection.

Miu Miu Spring: Gaudy and Over-the-Top

The thing that I love about Prada`s Spring line is that it`s vibrant and fun without taking it too far. Great colours in classic styles with a dash of playful adornment – that`s all you need to make exciting bags. Miu Miu`s Spring 2011 line, in contrast, just looks like they`re trying too hard to make something new and unique. And, they`ve followed the current trend of using intensely bright colours, so we get set of overly elaborate, flashy, tasteless bags. The dress and bag above are just gross. Here`s a close up of that bag:

Why would anyone ever make a bag that colour? It hurts my eyes, it`s so bad!

What you can`t really see that well in the above pic are the strange cut-out straps and leather appliqués that are common in these bags (that neon-green bag has a cut-out strap, it`s just a bit blurry in that image). Here`s a better example:

Now, I can admit that it`s a nice idea. I think cut-out designs can be quite beautiful. But, this is just way to ornate for an everyday bag. And what`s with the chrome gloss, pink, and gold? It looks like they`re trying to pack in as many unsettling colours as they possible can. Hey Miuccia, it`s not cutting edge or avant garde to crowd your bags with gaudy colours – it`s just silly.

Ok. So, I`m not super fond of this collection, but I can admit that it`s not all bad. There are a few really nice pieces in here amongst all the clutter. I find that the collection works best when they simplify their tour-de-force, especially in the colour department, and when those appliqués are actually attractive. Here`s an example of a great outfit:

That dress with vibrant red, black and white – it`s really cool. And, the jacket is super cool, and strangely sexy. The only problem is, I don`t think I could actually wear it. In fact, I can`t even imagine anyone I know wearing this outfit. It`s still a little bit too out-there to be worn by most ladies, even if it looks great on the runway.

Here`s a bag I quite like:

So, in theory that appliqué should be just as hideous the rest of the collection, right? I mean, gold glitter and peach? Can that possibly work? I think that it does. You know why? Because it`s placed on a simple, white bag. This simple canvas gives the beautiful phoenix-esque flame design room to breath – it`s not competing with neon green or crimson red. This bag proves that Miuccia Prada still has a great eye for design, she just misses the mark sometimes when she aims for bags that are too arty.

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