Prada Guipure Dress v.2

August 25, 2011

by Gracia Ventus

You know how lots of bloggers do that ‘Look what I just bought’ posts, and you think it’s downright show off-ish? Yeah I’m trying not to do that here, but let’s face it, when you’ve just bought your own ‘holy grail’ of an item, you’d want to share the joy and excitement of finally having that elusive piece in your hands. And no, I’m not talking about some sold-out H&M copy of designer ware that had been snagged by 854238 Rumi lookalikes, but THE unattainables that you’ve been lusting for seasons after seasons, knowing that it’ll never be produced again. In my case, it’s the guipure dresses from Prada’s Fall 2008 collection.

Fall 2008 was an incredible season. Unfortunately, I had a rather premature taste in fashion then, therefore unable to fully appreciate, or even had an awareness of the collections I have come to admire years later. Rick Owens showed his turbo boots for the first time, Balenciaga came up with the rubberised crystal boots (another holy grail I’m constantly searching for), and who could forget Ann Dem’s infamous triple lace boots?

Then there was Prada. “People keep talking about the return of minimalism” said Miuccia, “but it has to have a twist now. I hope it works — we had the whole of Switzerland working night and day to produce enough lace”. And daaaaymn did the Swiss artisans delivered.

With the texture of the lace being the focal point of the collection, Miuccia Prada was able to present a stellar show despite the simple silhouettes of the garments.

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Here is me channeling the nun chic look:

My photographs aren’t doing this guipure dress any justice to be honest, but feel free to enlarge the photo to see the intricate details of the lace. I can’t stress how floored I am each time I examine it up close. In fact, the tag indicates a percentage of the dress is made of metal. I’m not sure if it’s referring to metal, literally, or metallic threads. Either way, I’m not wearing it to the airport.

So what’s the purpose of this post, you ask? Well I just wanted to show you that Prada didn’t create atrocities all the time. Once in a while, they do get it right.


3 thoughts on “Prada Guipure Dress v.2

  • GlassOrganelle

    by GlassOrganelle on August 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    What a lovely dress, and it looks beautiful on you. The colour is surprisingly pleasant too!

    I also feel I never got to appreciate some of the great collections from the near past due to my sense of style and fashion having developed so much. But it’s fantastic then when you can finally get your hands on that special piece. Congratulations!

  • style odyssey

    by style odyssey on September 3, 2011 at 12:36 am

    that dress on you is pure heaven! the cut, lace, sublime blue color- really beautiful. and it’s especially interesting worn with a collared white shirt.

  • Lizzie Lo

    by Lizzie Lo on September 5, 2011 at 1:25 am

    did you know that the patterns for those pieces where from the HELMUT LANG archives… they have all the patterns and even some shoe lasts…


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