Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2013: A Guide to Serious Chic for Studious Fashionistas

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Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2013: A Guide to Serious Chic for Studious Fashionistas
Miu Miu is Prada’s youth oriented diffusion line (Prada’s hipper younger sister who listens to bands you’ve never heard of, if you will). Typically when Miuccia Prada sends both out onto the catwalk, Prada is more conservative in its skip, while Miu Miu is slightly more funky.

Not this season.

In fact, compared to Prada’s Asian-inspired kimono dresses for spring/summer 2013 which channeled a coolly stacked Hanafuda cards, Miu Miu looked like the more mature sibling quietly cleaning up the deck after the game.

Miu Miu presented pieces for its younger market of fashionistas (heyyyy, Emma Stone and Amanda Seyfried sitting front row!) that were slight more grown up this time around—simple mid-calf pencil skirts, oversized fur coats and jackets, bra-shaped crop tops.

Still keen to the label’s more sprightly state of mind, Miuccia kept things youthful by cutting the silhouettes in shapes just an inch or so too big for its models, like a circle of teenage girls playing dress up in their mother’s Prada after watching Bonnie and Clyde one too many times.

The tie-dye prints in a monochrome palette also added a playful sense of movement and quietly confident energy. They’re artful patterns—some looking splattered like Pollock, others looking like inverted Rothkos—you could easily see on the cast of reality TV’s “Gallery Girls.” And yes, we just put Miu Miu and “Gallery Girls” in the same sentence. Hope that doesn’t ruin the brand for you.

Overall, the 40+ looks were a slightly tonal shift that was seriously chic, though, like studying for the SATS, this Miu Miu did tend to consequently drift into Zzzzz territory. Fortunately, there were materials (shiny beige patent leather) to keep your head from fully nodding off into the deep end. True to the ‘50s anti-heroines this collection drew from, a femme fatale always catches you off guard when you least expect it.

Footnote: In another season, bustiers might be a tougher sell, but with the current crop top climate trending all over the runway, thanks in part to a ‘90s resurgence in music over the years, it’s a timely little inclusion.

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