It must be great knowing you can jump on the phone a couple of days before your Show and call up a legion of the most iconic beauties on the planet from the world’s of stage and screen ask them to drop everything, jump on a plane and walk in your show. Well that is exactly what Miuccia Prada did for her Resort 2019 Miu Miu Show in Paris this week.
“We called them in the morning, they jumped on the plane, and then they arrived—they all said yes,” the designer exclaimed, genuinely delighted with the turnout. It was a starry multigenerational crew, from Stranger Thing’s Sadie Sink to Chloe Sevingy, Gwendoline Christie, and Uma Thurman. “Uma told me, ‘I’ve never had a decision so spontaneous since ages,’ ” Prada continued.
The Regina Hotel, an old stalwart of the traveling fashion crowd whose popularity is coming around again, was the setting for the show. “A hotel has mystery, intrigue, and stories,” Prada said. Filmy peignoirs notwithstanding, the story never got too steamy. Most of the sheer pieces were layered over sporty bandeau tops and briefs in cheery prints. (The collection was rounded out acid wash denim and spongy athletic separates, but they were a weak subplot.)
It wasn’t just the presence of Roman Polanski at the show that conjured images of Rosemary’s Baby. A model with Mia Farrow’s strawberry blond pixie cut wore a babydoll dress that could’ve been lifted from the film’s wardrobe closet. That 1968 movie has become a touchpoint in the era of MeToo and a US Supreme Court poised to potentially overturn Roe v. Wade. Addressing those issues wasn’t Prada’s intention. She insisted that with Resort—“this collection in the middle,” she called it—“she feels more free and has more fun.”
At the after-party you got her drift. The models and actresses wore their looks straight off the catwalk and into the crowd and in their spangly shifts and minis and dresses with deep cutouts at the ribs they looked utterly right in the steamy Paris evening.