I've been scanning the highlights from the Fall 2011 fashion weeks in NYC, London, Milan, and (this week) Paris. I have only seen a few items that really gave me kerwallops of the heart, and this little number from the Prada Fall 2011 Collection just sends me over the moon.
Okay, first, the obvious references to Piet Mondrian... done in desaturated colors rather than the in-your-face primaries Mondrian was so famous for using... but then that saucy red belt just sticks its tongue out in a nyah-nyah gesture! Delightful.
But then the shape of this dress makes me think of the late 1960s and very early 1970s... think "Jan Brady"...the big wide schoolgirl pleats, the big round buttons on a wide placket, the dropped waist. It's a shape I haven't seen at all since that time and I guess I didn't realize how much I missed it!
I would wear this with a dark heathery turtleneck, dark opaque stockings, and knee-high leather boots with a low chunky heel and a rounded stubby toe. I'd even be tempted to wear stub-toed Mary-Janes, but that would depend on how I felt about my legs that day.