Guess the Influence: Prada Edition

Every once in a while, I feel like I know what influenced a particular designer when they dreamed up a collection. I don’t know what it is (maybe it’s magic!), but there’s some rush in my brain of intuition, prior knowledge and…well, magic, that delivers the formula for clothes.

I’m 100% sure I’m wrong about the Prada Spring/Summer 2011 collection that showed last week. I’m not sure I care, especially because I can’t say I like the clothes. And though I haven’t done any research into Miuccia’s actual influences, here are the ones I dreamed up for her:

  • Baroque Architecture, especially the gold wrought stuff that was everywhere (which is kind of a given)
  • Mexican Art That Includes Monkeys (of which Frida Kahlo was the best example I could find)
  • Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett’s day at the beach
  • Proenza Schouler’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection
  • Leg-o-Mutton sleeves
  • Christopher Walken in a Hawaiian shirt*

Mix it all together, and voila: Prada Spring/Summer 2011! Maybe it really is magic.

*I don’t know where Chris Walken came from, either. He just popped in my head while I was watching the show. If he took a lady friend to the beach, she would probably wear this collection.

Should’ve Dreamed of Vogue…

The Prince helped the Princess to rise; she was entirely dressed, and very magnificently, but his Royal Highness took care not to tell her that she was dressed like his great-grandmother, and had a point-band peeping over a high collar; she looked not a bit less charming and beautiful for all that.
from The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood

The moral of the story: If you’re going to sleep for 100 years, get Anna Wintour to send you an issue of Vogue from the future so you don’t look out-of-date when you wake up. Point-bands? High collars? Soo last season.

Open Auditions

Nor'easter Boots from Anthropologie

The Portland Winter production of Rain on a Leaf-Encrusted Sidewalk, with music and lyrics by the Polar Jet Stream and the Pacific Ocean.

Date: Starting yesterday.

Time: All day, every day.


All those cast will be enrolled immediately in my wardrobe, for rotation 3-5 days per week.

Cast Description: 1 pair grey boots

Audition Particulars:

» Please be prepared to walk long distances. Flats preferred. Heels up to 3 inches may also be considered.

» Must be equipped to keep legs warm and dry. Candidates other than leather or another quality material need not apply.

» Ability to accommodate thick socks, leggings and slim jeans is required.

» Over 12″ shaft, please.

Callback Date: Immediately after trying on.

Performances: November 2009–April 2010. Possible guest appearances Summer 2010. May be rehired for Winter 2010-11.

For more information, email peoplewearclothes [at] gmail [dot] com.

I am in love again

Two sandals, both alike in dignity,
In fair Nordstrom, where we lay our scene,
From gorgeous hue break to new wearability,
Where cork soles make sore feet untrue.
From forth the fatal lust for these two shoes
An empty star-cross’d wallet takes its life;
Whole misadventured high-priced killer shoes
Do with their purchase bury my meager savings.
The fearful passage of their death-mark’d price,
And the continuance of my wallet’s emptiness,
Which, but a lottery win, nought could unite,
Is now the one post’s traffic of our blog;
The which if you with patient eyes attend,
What here shall miss, our summer job shall strive to mend.

[With apologies to William Shakespeare.]