Visiting the Prada Skirt Event

May 17, 2006 at 9:46 am (Uncategorized)

On my recent trip to New York City, I ventured into Soho, mainly to check out the Waist Down exhibit at the Prada store. I was actually kind of disappointed to be honest. The skirts where displayed in a fun and innovative manner, but they were just skirts. Maybe if I was woman I would have been more excited.

A few skirts in the windows were on poles that cause them to spin, as if an invisible whirilng dervish was at play, twirling the skirts to draw attention into the store. A few others were displayed across similar materials of the skirt so that they blended into the walls like camoflage. And yet, even more were displayed on frames, with magnifying glasses to inspect the detailing.

Lip print skirts, peacock feathered skirts, beaded skirts, skirts on and on.

The store has a very interesting set up, weird shifting walls and places that are glass that look like you could walk through. Ouch!! I don’t know how many spaces I bumped into, confused and injured wandering the store. Some bastards idea of a sick joke on shoppers probably.

The two items that I was eager to inspect from the new Spring/Summer ’06 line were not even in the store. This is supposed to be the Prada Epicenter, it’s supposed to carry everything. The SAs didn’t even have a clue what I was talking about when I asked them, even though the items I inquired about where visibly being played on the large television screens in the store that were showing the Spring/Summer ’06 runway shows.

Even at the other Prada store I went to in Midtown didn’t have a clue what I was talking about.
Sigh. The infamous lip print skirt.

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Thoughts – Designer Sell Outs

May 5, 2006 at 4:29 pm (Uncategorized)

I kind of like seeing some designer stuff that is available for a larger market at a lower price point. Such as the stuff with Target and H&M. With the rumors of more designers doing lines for Target and H&M, such as Prada doing a diffusion line for H&M, you have to stop and wonder………………..who is really making out from this?

Target is going to do well with this, by providing something that their competitors don’t have. Of course, the consumer is going to benefit, by being able to obtain a designer piece at a fraction of the cost of a piece from that designer’s “high fashion” runway lines.

I do feel, however, that the designer should do limited pieces instead of a whole line. I don’t feel they should sink all of their creativity into something that is going to be in Target. I would love to be able to pick up a shirt created by Prada that was a limited edition/made for Target piece. However, I would not like to see a more “cost effective” (read cheaper made) line that is a diffusion of the Spring line. I just can’t imagine racks and racks of diffused Prada clothing against the hot white glaring lights and the matador red carpeting of Target.

You also have to wonder how this affects their name……..for instance with Isaac doing so much for Target…………….will people see him as a “serious designer” if he tried to launch another major designer/couture/high fashion line?????? I don’t think so. I think people probably would not take him seriously, and perhaps see him as a sell out.

And you have to stop and think…………..how much of THE DESIGNER is really in this. I’m sure Isaac has final say over stuff, and his name is then slapped on. But I don’t see him toiling over his desk for hours sketching out stuff for Target.

And can you see Miuccia hovering over a sketchpad with a pen in one hand and a cup of tea in the other, furiously sketching away for her H&M line? I don’t think she would put aside an already lucrative business, to make a cheaper version of what she is already offering.

I can see some Prada designer slave, sketching the designs to be handed over to Miuccia. She would approve or disapprove, make suggestoins and corrections, and send it on to be made. Slap a label on it and call it a day.

One thing is for sure though, it will be interesting to see what happens.

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