Prada Fall/Winter 2016-17 .Milan

Something about Miuccia Prada’s collections brings out the fashion scholar in all of us. Sphinxlike in her pronouncements, the designer prefers to let the clothes speak for themselves—and what a wealth of material she provided for deconstruction for fall 2016 on her accessory-laden models. Many of them wore loosely laced corsets cinched with looped belts from which hung more small treasures and that recalled antique chatelaines.Prada’s women is a vagabond —a woman who might be out traveling the world  or maybe making a deeper pilgrimage into the labyrinth of womens history. Prada’s fall 2016 collection is as layered as the clothes she showed, in a purpose-built, almost medieval marketplace of a wooden set. In show notes, Prada put : “The nature of women is complex and ineffable . . . Like a Russian doll placed inside one another.”