Miuccia Prada's Fall 2012 collection continues her exploration of femininity through menswear inspiration, an often recurring theme of hers. The futuristic looks here are topped by Guido Palau's and Pat McGrath's Bladerunner-esque hair and makeup while coolly lit by giant flourescent light installations. The collection closely follows the "Hard Chic" aesthetic Mrs. Prada shares with Elsa Schiaparelli, as presented in the Met's Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit this spring.
Many of the dark and moody minimal opening pieces could just as well be in the background of a Star Trek episode, balanced by the closing psychedelic geometric print pieces that may grab as much visual attention as a scintillating scotoma. This is not a subtle collection, with perhaps a bit of attenuation coming from the plexiglass ornamental details, but the grade-A striking presence here will likely ensure the dominant role Mrs. Prada plays this fall season in defining womenswear trends.