Miu Miu

A love letter to classic femininity.

Miu Miu presented its Fall/Winter 2024 collection towards the end of the Paris Fashion Week, showcasing a delightful detour from the recent seasons of micro miniskirts and geek-chic looks. Miuccia Prada, the mastermind behind the brand, led the return towards the core of ladylike elegance, leaving the mall vibes in the rearview mirror. However, true to her style, Prada injected her signature maximalist aesthetic, resulting in a collection that felt both strangely wonderful and undeniably sophisticated.

This collection was a love letter to classic femininity. Imagine a confident woman, twirling in a dress that whispers of timeless elegance, but with a dash of unexpected details that reflect her playful spirit. This is the essence of the Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2024 collection.

— Themes & Motifs of the Miu Miu collection

The show started off looking simple – long tailored coats in rich browns, navys, and blacks. But the fun started with the accessories: delicate pearl necklaces, funky gas station sunglasses, and chunky, statement gloves. Bags got a playful makeover, carried on the model’s hands or tucked under their arms. The footwear was equally eclectic – comfy slippers, sturdy loafers, classic Mary Janes, and low heels with a unique edge.

Miuccia Prada envisioned this collection as a way to express yourself at any age. “It’s like a whole vocabulary of clothes,” she said, “from childhood to adulthood.” Imagine cosy cardigans with sleeves pushed up to show off statement gloves, and dresses that blend the elegance of a little black dress with the practicality of a uniform. The trendy micro miniskirts were replaced by comfortable knee-length skirts with pockets and pretty flower patterns. This look is less about being sexy and more about being a cool, quirky girl who wears what makes her feel good.

The runway celebrated individuality with diverse models of all ages and backgrounds, rocking the Miu Miu vibe. A cool video installation with a woman and a robotic hamster toy added to the playful atmosphere. The colour palette was a breath of fresh air – bold oranges next to bright blues, and greens that popped against yellows. It was a reminder of the fun and energy that defines the brand, a departure from the quiet luxury that’s been dominating lately.

Prada is a master of transforming everyday items – adding padding to a classic raincoat, shrinking a peacoat to barely cover the ribcage, or turning regular gloves into elbow-length showstoppers. This collection throws out the idea of “dressing your age.” It’s about picking and choosing pieces you love, no matter your stage in life. Indeed, it’s a wardrobe that can grow with you, season after season.

— The Faces: A Celebration of Age and Individuality

This season, Miu Miu went beyond the typical model line-up. In a heartwarming testament to the power of dreams and social media, a 70-year-old Shanghai doctor named Dr. Qin Huilan stole the spotlight at the Miu Miu runway show. A self-proclaimed devotee of the brand, Huilan’s runway debut was a delightful surprise, showcasing Miu Miu’s commitment to featuring captivating personalities alongside established models.

She wasn’t alone in defying expectations. Joining Huilan was the iconic Spanish actress Ángela Molina, proving that style transcends age at 68. This season’s Miu Miu cast truly embodied diversity, with musician Ethel Cain, actor Jasmin Savoy Brown, French ballet dancer Guillaume Diop, and of course, Gigi Hadid gracing the runway.

— KHAMSA’s Top Looks

— Final Note

The new Miu Miu collection is a fun twist on classic styles. Think of your favourite tailored pieces, but with a touch of playful imperfection. These “flaws” are actually the heart of the collection. They celebrate clothes that feel lived-in and loved, with a confidence that comes from embracing the unexpected. It’s like wearing your favourite childhood sweater, where every wrinkle tells a story of laughter and warmth.

Miu Miu takes us on a journey through time. Familiar shapes offer comfort, but there’s a rebellious spirit too. The collection is a reminder that fashion is about expressing yourself, not following trends. So go ahead, embrace the wrinkles – they’re part of your story!

Leen is a writer, designer and creative director, holding a fashion design degree from ESMOD. She is currently pursuing an MBA in fashion management, specializing in luxury, in Paris. Living in various Western and Eastern locales, Leen writes on fashion, culture, and lifestyle at KHAMSA as she interns in the editorial department.
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