After last night’s extraordinary Prada show, I went backstage to say hello to Mrs Prada.
I was sat far from backstage, so was near the back of the queue.
There was already a throng waiting for her impromptu press conference, where she says a few words about the collection that had just been seen.
I said hello, then went to explore.
Here’s the throng, just as Mrs Prada was starting to talk.
I left them to it.
Through a couple of doors, round the corner, was the room where many of the models get dressed.
It was almost empty, the detritus of a show all around.
The first dress I saw.
It pretty much sums up the collection for me.
The indulgence of the fabrics.
Indulgence here a very good thing.
The richness of the raw edges.
Backstage, the clothes are arranged ready for models on rails.
And so if the clothes are together here, they were worn together on the catwalk.
On a rail nearby, a dirndl skirt with diagonal trim, worn with the topstitch jacket behind it.
I loved this leather coat.
And can you just see the green of that sweater behind it?
Another leather coat, with raw-edged trim.
The platform clogs, bagged up.
By this point, I was pretty much alone in this room.
Here’s a rail with two looks.
Look at the breadth of ideas.
Let’s separate out that look at the back.
That dress is so eloquent.
On the front of each rail, a card detailing the look for the dressers who help the models.
The richness of this look.
I need to check about this stitching – I remember at menswear being told there was a difference between the men’s and women’s.
Basically, the women’s is more serious.
Maybe it’s the the stitching is more decorative, more thick?
Those cloths, those clogs.
A top-stitched coat.
Close-up with that stitching.
More clogs, this time a boot.
I loved the perversity of these heels in this season of supposed flatness.
Another amazing raw-trimmed dress, with cloth of colours that vibrate.
A cute top.
A little leather jacket, the show playing on a loop on a screen behind.
Backstage, alone with Prada.
It was time for me to go.
I had a plane to catch.
To go home.