Prada is a name synonymous with luxury, quality, and innovation. Even in the cyclical world of fashion, leave it up to Miuccia Prada to reinvent the wheel, and offer a largely unexpected twist on the RTW collection, season after season.
For Spring 2008, she playfully mixed the old—late 60s, early 70s silhouettes—and the new—playful cutaways, and the art nouveau-meets surrealist-meets manga masterpieces by the profound James Jean, printed in segments onto silks and chiffons. Gown-up, yet whimsical, pants, tunics, skirts, dresses, all marched down the runway, to sing a song of fairies.
Not enough can be said about how masterful James Jean is (update: I have recently discovered FABLES. Those of you who are familiar with the series, have seen Jean’s work grace the covers of this much loved story!) . More than eye candy, his work is porn for illustrators. And if you didn’t happen to snag one of those highly coveted Prada fairy bags (I know I didn’t), I now invite you to click through the images below and see up close for yourself.
Make like Miuccia: take it in, be inspired, and create. No fairy dust required.
Watch the story of nature and fantasy inspiring fashion. Soothe your soul with the gentle cooings of CocoRosie as you take in the groundbreaking surrealist eye candy from the master, Miuccia Prada and the awe-inspiring, swoon-worthy art of James Jean.
From dreams, to reality, watch how the look below came to be…. well, sort of.
It’s ultimate geek chic beauty! Whether you’re attending a screening, a con, a nerdy burlesque show—be ye guest or performer—or just planning your next Halloween costume, these looks below by Jangsara are simply Marvelous (see what I did there?) runway-ready must tries. At the very least, they are top-notch works of film-inspired art, you must see to believe. Note: you will need to set aside a bit of time, so plan ahead. View her website for product details and step-by-step tutorials.
Now, you know I can’t stop there. It wouldn’t be a F+G post without a little runway comparison. Especially seeing as the eye-makeup on the runways this season was truly out there and inspired. From the crystal encrusted eyebrows at the Chanel show that I showed you previously, to the wild, superheroine chic, greasepainted peepers of Miuccia Prada’s models at both the Prada and Miu Miu shows (top), runway beauty this season, boasted a near cinematic display of show-stopping and fanciful faces. And one can seldom speak of makeup marvels (don’t look at me that way), without mentioning the real-life superhero of beauty: the prolific Pat McGrath.
The Brit born, global creative-design director for Proctor and Gamble, head of Max Factor and Cover Girl cosmetics among others, has evolved the world of make-up artistry. The photoset featured above, highlights the looks she created this season for both of Ms. Prada’s shows. The models at Miu Miu, specifically, donned pant suits with psychedelic, clashing prints, reminiscent of early comic pages inked by the likes of Terry Austin (see comparison below) or Dan Adkins
Some of the blazers, oversized and even capelike. These women were high-end heroines, ready to take flight, made-up to perfection by the team under master Mcgrath.
A “best of” photoset of McGrath’s most “action packed”, avant-garde looks to follow…
Here’s to showing off your new make-up know-how out there.