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Pretty Tough in Pink

Posted: May 4, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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Two of most iconic fashion idols are Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada0;  which is probably why the Met chose to feature “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” as their spring blockbuster exhibition.  The exhibit draws parallels between these two brilliant Italian designers.

Miuccia Prada became a worldwide craze when she turned black nylon into a functional and waterproof backpack.  Extremely well made and understated, Prada’s backpack was the starting point for the next fashion empire.

Elsa Schiaparelli was one of the most original designers of her time.  Rivaling Coco Chanel one of her handbags designed to look like music box, actually played songs.  However, what Schiaparelli is most famous for is introducing a bright magenta color she called Shocking pink.  She is responsible for introducing the color into couture, which previously consisted of boring blacks, navys, and greys.

Although these two designers are extremely different from each other, they both have an interesting perspective in fashion.  Miuccia Prada designed a collection called “Lost in the Woods” in fall 1999 where she sewed small metallic black bugs on an orange tweed mini skirt.  In 1938 Schiaparella designed a candy-pink suit, and delicately on the collar were small metal insects.  Whether Prada was specifically referencing Schiaparelli in her designs or was subconsciously influenced is a mystery.

Regardless, these two designers seem to focus on the artistic side of fashion.  They both design for the modern woman—sleek and audacious.  In addition to their similarities it is also their differences that define them.  While Elsa Schiaparelli designed with a glamorous social butterfly in mind, her designs in essence remained playful, ostentatious, and feminine.  Prada meanwhile designed with simplicity in mind, keeping her ideas more basic black and grounded.

The art exhibit documents the conversation between these two designers through their artistic fashion creations.  So whether you are a minimalist Prada follower or an outrageous Schiap fan—both designers represent bold, feminine and strong women.

-Sara Freund


Prada and Armani are giant names; they are houses people recognize whether they follow fashion or not. Yet, few truly understand the differences in their approaches to design. They represent a spectrum in fashion; Miuccia Prada is the directional and forward-thinking designer who helps create the seismic shifts that inspire other designers to see things differently. Giorgio Armani is the designer that came out with a signature look at the onset of his career (shoulder-less, sharp, deconstructed suit) and has a specific consumer that comes back season after season for slight modifications to beloved looks.

Armani SS 2011 (Left) and Armani SS 2012 (Right)

This season, each perfectly fulfilled their specific roles. When describing collections, terms that often come to mind are ‘directional’ or ‘innovative.’ When a collection is great, it usually incorporates those two characterizations because they signal that changes are coming, that something exciting is happening in fashion. Yet, this perception can exclude great designers like Armani.

Armani is not looking to create the most innovative collection. His focus lies in making functional, well-made, tailored and beautiful clothing. That is what he makes, and luckily, that is what his consumers look for. His business wear and evening wear are for a specific clientele and is well marketed through award show presence, cinema wardrobe and extravagant parties. The Armani consumer wants suits for work, dresses for evenings, simple color palettes and sexy professionalism: effortless elegance.