Miuccia Prada is not known for repurposing old ideas. This is a designer, let’s not forget, whose recent Miu Miu show themes have flipped from bad taste à la John Waters to symbolist spirits in the matter of one year’s time, stopping in between at Sherlock Holmes–styled Boy Scouts, early ’60s music mania, and contemporary club culture. So imagine the shock when smack in the middle of Mrs. Prada’s Resort 2016 collection sauntered out a series of archival Miu Miu prints.
That shock, however unexpected, quickly dissolved into delight in the hearts of most Miu Miu fans. The patterns selected for revival on dresses and boots this season are perhaps the brand’s most memorable: the kittens, swallows, and nude women of Spring 2010. In their first iteration, the stylized silhouettes came in pastel hues on proper blouses, crystal-embellished minidresses, and wood-soled clogs—items that toed the lines between juvenile and salacious, simple and perverse, that Mrs. Prada loves to test. These pieces achieved instant hit status, appearing in countless editorials (including the above Patrick Demarchelier snap from the February 2010 issue of Vogue) and on the backs of the year’s favorite starlets; while the retail versions sold faster than you can say “Lindsey Wixson,” the then-unknown Kansas teen who made her modeling debut in the season’s Miu Miu campaign.
The cat-themed cowboy boots with metallic detailing are bound to be an especially hot commodity, so hurry and snag a pair sooner rather than later. And please, don’t call it a comeback.
Miu Miu ankle boots, $2,300
Photo: Courtesy of Miu Miu
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