Prada Evokes the Tropics, Carmen Miranda, Daniela Mercury
Minimalism has its place in the visual arts and fashion, but it does get dull. Clean lines, everything stripped out—it has its place, but it easy to mock, as this hilarious episode of Absolutely Fabulous has demonstrated. (Fast forward to 5 minutes 20 seconds into the video). But loud, outrageous prints and vibrant colors are making a comeback, if Prada’s Spring 2011 show in Milan last week was any indication. Bright oranges, Carmen Miranda’s pineapples, and lush greens that are evocative of Brazilian diva Daniela Mercury’s concert outfits dominated the Milan show. It’s about time. Minimalism has its place in architecture, and crisp fashion can look swank and elegant on the runway. Nevertheless, we should not be shy about celebrating the earth on which we live. Miranda may have eventually tired of her fruit hats, but she demonstrated a joie de vivre that lavished praise on Brazil’s multifaceted culture. The hues of Daniela Mercury in Prada’s collection are especially compelling. Mercury has made the point before that whenever she detects a fashion trend, she decides to go in the exact opposite direction. Now the fashion design houses are turning around and paying homage to Daniela Mercury. So does that mean we’ll see her in an Armani suit soon? In any event, it is great seeing the colors pop on the fashion runway, and we have Mercury and Miranda to thank. You can watch the show here: Special thanks to Lian Calvo Serrano for the photo of Daniela Mercury at Salvador's 2010 Carnaval.