Prada's Fall/Winter 16 show space was inspired by traditional public stages and places in which civic ceremonies usually took place. With one block bathed completely in scarlet, and the other with black chairs, the space is complete with viewing balconies, the show space creating the feeling of a corridor leading from the street into the show space. This certainly evoked a rather medieval feel, which gave off the impression of an archaic auditorium of sorts.
Miuccia Prada certainly gave us all a lesson in layering, with feminine dresses that were collages of floral prints and the artwork of artist Christophe Chemin all in one. As always, Mrs Prada is the mistress of juxtaposition.
When it came to the bags, although not immediately noticeable because they were rather small, sort of the size of a small 6-ring agenda with a button snap closure, were the Saffiano leather books/diaries stars and a crescent moon motif, that not just hung around the models' necks, but also dangled from the bags. This definitely resonates with the "vagabond" theme that the designer said the collection was based on, because it reminded me of gypsy fortune tellers, possibly suggesting that notes for tarot card reading were contained within. While the bags with the brass corners that resembled vintage photo albums with these sort of photo corners seemed more aristocratic, the rest of the bags, especially the saddle-shaped one with multiple rings hanging off of them, were more utilitarian, thus echoing the Vagabond theme.
Images via Vogue Runway, show space images courtesy of Prada