|A mix of patterns on a Prada coat.|
It’s no surprise that the SoHo Prada store is celebrating the exhibit Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations at the Met, and, even better, these windows were styled by Grace Coddington, Creative Director at Vogue (whose memoir, by the way, will be released this November).
|Mask by Julien d'Y's, whose work I always enjoy.|
I enjoyed seeing the Prada clothes on display at the Met, and I consider myself a big fan of Prada, but I was a bit taken aback when shoes that are current season Prada—I’m thinking of the ones that look like hot rods on heels, with “taillights” on the back, that originally retailed for nearly $1,500—were included in the exhibit. It seemed a little too advertorial to me. There is a huge difference between clothing that is interesting because enough time has passed to make it historical—Schiaparelli dresses from the early 1930s, say—and clothes that you can buy today, this very moment. The Prada shoes may be collector’s items but are they museum-worthy? Give them 80 years and get back to me!
|These shoes are featured in the Schiaparelli/Prada exhibit at the Met.|
|Are they museum-worthy pieces if you can buy them today?|
|But don't think for a second that I'd pass up a chance to try these on.|
I hope that everyone that goes to the Met just to see Prada will take the time to learn about Elsa Schiaparelli and appreciate her place in fashion history.
And speaking of self-reflection:
|Your intrepid photographer and her assistant contemplate Prada platforms.|
Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations runs through August 19, 2012.
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