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Prada Spring 2014 In the Heart of Multitude Collaboration: Art is in the Heart


If you’re going to go the bag-as-art route, always look to Prada. From 2013’s insect-glam collaboration with Damien Hirst to their James Jean-illustrated Fairy bag, circa 2008, to the wacky clutches of 2007, Prada is simply the best at effortlessly combining high art, hot fashion, and hypnotic design, with never a hint of kitsch in sight. After inviting a number of muralists and illustrators to create the vivid, gallery-inspired environment for her Spring 2014 runway show, Miuccia Prada extended the collaboration to bags. The outcome? I cannot think of a more perfect example of wearable art. The eclectic array of artists – El Mac from the United States, Mesa from Spain, Gabriel Specter from Canada, Stinkfish from Colombia, Jeanne Detallante from France (she works in the U.S.), and Pierre Mornet from France – makes for a wild, almost shocking array of bags. What you say about the result is up to you, but bear in mind Mrs. Prada said she was inspired by “the political wall art from Mexican muralists such as Diego Rivera.” Always one to take it the next level (and go deeper beneath the surface), ever-modern Miuccia doesn’t merely make us think. She is a constant gift to worlds of fashion and art alike. Prada Spring 2014 available for $3,700 at select Prada boutiques.


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