Ridiculously high heeled, platform shoes distracted somewhat from what was a beautiful collection. The idea was no doubt to slow down the models, and when worn with hobble skirts gave the notion of vulnerability, sexuality and extreme femininity. But only five minutes in and the first model took an inevitable tumble. Before the show was through a handful more had followed, and by the finale it was more than a little uncomfortable to watch as girls struggled with frill backed platform mules and wooden heeled, strappy sandals. Sadly, it became the post show talking point.
Nevertheless this was a truly beautiful collection. Last season's palette of black, white and tobacco remained; champagne was added and bold red in the leaping fish print which appeared on skirts. This underlined the subtle Japanese theme that ran throughout the collection in the wooden heeled shoes and the paper like, crushed silk fabrics. This idea when combined with Prada's sporty details and fabric and a 1950s silhouette was breathtaking. Could this be 2009's version of the geisha? From the hobble skirts that stopped just below the knee in crumpled nylon silks, to the teetering shoes and the drawstring ties placed at the waist or on the hip to create a soft voluminous shape that was half bustle - half obi.
The soundtrack was sexy, soulful and from the 50s too - as was the hair that was cleverly rolled into chignon up-dos that were lacquered to look impenetrable and almost plastic like.