- Title: ITALY: PRADA PRESENTS ITS AUTUMN-WINTER 1998/99 WOMEN'S WEAR COLLECTION
- Date: 3rd March 1998
- Summary: MILAN, ITALY (MARCH 3, 1998) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SLV VARIOUS OF MODELS SHOWING PRADA COLLECTION (15 SHOTS) 1.44 2. SV MEDIA 1.48 3. SV MODELS DRESSING BACKSTAGE (6 SHOTS) 2.14 4. SLV VARIOUS OF MODELS SHOWING MISSONI COLLECTION (10 SHOTS) 3.27 5. SLV ANGELA MISSONI WALKING ONTO CATWALK TO APPLAUSE (2 SHOTS) 3.36 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: MILAN, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Duration: 00:03:38
- Story Text: Prada has presented its autumn-winter 1998/99 women's wear collection in Milan, displaying a mix of geometric, boxy shapes and hi-tech fabrics to create a look that was both retro and futuristic.
In contrast the Missoni collection went for a thoroughly modern, "here and now" look.
The mid-calf white leather go-go boots with coloured plastic heels, as well as shift dresses made out of small squares of stiff plastic, gave the Monday's (March 2) Prada collection a 60s look that evoked the style of Andy Warhol.
Boxy suits were reminiscent of Jackie Kennedy's White House days, but with two slits up the sides in front and back giving them a spacey, science-fiction look.
Square-necked shift dresses and suits had seams stitched into horizontal or vertical geometric patterns.The two-tone shoes in either black and white or red and white added to the retro feel.
The futuristic sense came from the fabrics.Skirts as well as dresses had plastic appliques, made from the same material as film negatives, in colours like army green and bone.The shimmering effect was similar to sequins, but completely modern.
In contrast the designer Angela Missoni, who took over from her Missoni founding parents Tai and Rosita last season, continued the push to modernise the look in this latest collection.
The new themes worked towards making the distinctive wavy patterns and diagonal stripes more urban chic and sexy.The trademark MISSONI name was woven in horizontal stripes of shiny gold on black across fine sweaters, mid-calf evening dresses and even pants.
Skirts were all below the knee, some fitted at hips and twirling into fine pleats, worn with short sweaters or sports-inspired blouson jackets and drawstring parkas.
Mid-calf evening dresses with wavy patterns picked out in sequins were sexily scooped at the bust or back.Coats were full, to mid calf, using very textured fabrics like boucle tweed or mohair for Missoni plaids and stripes.
But continuity with past seasons was upheld by the colours, with the only variation being subtle reworking of traditional Missoni hues of terracotta, burgundy, gold, purple and olive green.
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