Exhibition: Pradasphere At Harrods


When it comes to store takeovers Harrods has the competition beat, last year they allowed Dior to move onto the fourth floor of its Knightsbridge department store, the year before that it was Chanel, and this month is Pradasphere, dedicated to the diverse passions of Miuccia Prada and her amazing Prada collections.

As well as taking over 40 of Harrods iconic windows, Pradasphere also includes a cafe and a pop-up boutique, but for me it was all about the exhibition on the fourth floor charting the history of the 101-year-old brand that blew me away. First up, you have to remember this is a department store not a museum, I think Harrods could teach the V&A a few things about how to put together a great fashion exhibition in a limited space, and secondly unlike most other fashion exhibitions taking place in London, the Paul Smith retrospective, the Italian Glamour, the Wedding Dresses and Jean Paul Gaultier this showcase is free, yep and they do free guided tours.

Trust me it is not to be missed, you don’t have long as it is only open until May 29, but you will be under Miuccia’s spell by the time you leave as it really does showcase what makes Prada so great, with its gorgeous 40s silhouettes, exquisitely crafted bowling bags, fun heels and playful arty prints that the Italian fashion is really known for. I really did love the way the exhibition was set out and styled, it was instantly recognisable as Prada, there was a colour of explosion encased behind huge glass cabinets that spanned the length of the room displaying ready-to-wear and accessories that fit into Prada’s key concepts from “Modernity” to “Figuration and “Animalia”.

I just really loved that all of Prada’s greatest hits were mixed together as it meant that I bounced about the exhibition from case-to-case finding my favourite pieces that I have added to a mental list of vintage pieces that if I ever saw and could afford I would just need to buy, no matter what!!!

As well as fashion, the retrospective also reflects Prada’s non-fashion loves such as art, architecture and film, I loved relaxing in the screening room and watching the specially commissioned films by the likes of Wes Anderson and Roman Polanski, it really shows that this Italian fashion house is much more than just clothing and accessories.

Are you a fan of fashion exhibitions?

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Vanity Fair Oscar Party: Lupita Nyong’o Changes Into Miu Miu

VF-Miumiu-LupitaWho: Lupita Nyong’o

Where: At the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2014 in West Hollywood, California

Wearing: A seafoam green Miu Miu belted silk gown with green beaded fringe along the neckline, teamed with matching peep-toe heels and the same Fred Leighton headband from the main event, oh and carrying her Oscar statue

Verdict: I loved the pale blue Prada gown and it was perfect for Lupita to float up the stairs to collect her Best Supporting Actress Oscar, but this cute column gown was the fun party frock that the Vanity Fair party needs and kind of reminds me of the change Jennifer Lawrence made last year in its silhouette.

I love the green beading on the bodice, it really does make this dress shine, and I love that she kept that cute Fred Leighton headband on – it was such a hit on the Oscars red carpet.

Which look do you prefer – her blue Prada gown or this Miu Miu beauty?

[Pic: MiuMiu]

SS12 Campaign: Prada Makes A Gas Station Look Chic

I know we haven’t even got through the brunt of autumn/winter yet but the spring/summer 2012 campaigns are already hitting the Internet and the first to catch my eye had to be this Prada 1950’s inspired shoot snapped by Steven Meisel.

Miuccia Prada is known for her bright colours and retro prints, both feature quite heavily in this campaign and I love it, especially against the bright blue backdrop!!

I think anyone other than Miuccia would find it hard making a gas station look fashionable but by adding Natasha Poly, Meghan Collison, Elise Crombez, Ymre Stiekema, and Katryn Kruger into the mix this is one sexy campaign. I don’t know why but as soon as I saw these images my mind went back to that amazing vintage-inspired shoot that Vogue Hombre Mexico did – maybe it is because it had Prada styling.

But what I do love about this campaign other than the amazing hot rod cars, has to be the low angle the campaign is shot in, it really does showcase the amazing collection and styling in the best possible light – flirty, sexy, ladylike and very colourful. The accessories really do stand out for me, I have already added that yellow tote to my 2012 wish list!!!

[Pics: Prada]

Miu Miu Loving: Miuccia Prada Scores Another Summer Cover

Pic: Elle Sweden - August 2010

So it seems that no only did W, ELLE UK and Vogue UK love Miu Miu for there summer covers but also ELLE Sweden – and I have to say I think this one is the best. Mona Johannesson looks super cute in the lilac – same as Lily Allen on ELLE UK’s cover.

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