My feelings about any Prada collection are complicated. I know that I'll love what Miuccia Prada sends down the runway, with few exceptions, but I also know that the bags are almost sure to underwhelm me. (Again, with few exceptions.) That was exactly the case with Prada Fall 2013 - both the clothes and the feel of the show were exceptional; a bravura performance from one of the generation's great masters, doing what she does best. For the bags, my praise is somewhat tempered.
It's not that they were bad, it's just that I wanted more from them. The runway featured only two shapes: a simply, generously sized day clutch the likes of which fashion people adore, and an oversized carryall with frustratingly lowered handle attachments. This season's Prada girl had shades of a Hitchcock heroine in peril, so the need to beat a hasty exist with the essentials in tow made sense. What still seems unnecessary, though, are those aforementioned handles; placing the attachment so low on the bag recalls the plasticized, long-handled weekenders of big box discount stores, which cheapens the look a bit. With pieces finished in custom tweeds and crocodile, that simply shouldn't happen.
[Photos via Vogue]