Prada’s Colorful Show Makes a Big Splash in Milan

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Bucking the trend in New York of whites and neutrals, Prada's Spring 2011 collection has the community buzzing over its ultra-bright neons, mixed prints, and, yes, monkeys and bananas.

Editors called it everything from "Latin" to "Josephine Baker"-inspired, but the one thing everyone seems to agree is that it was as bold as it was exciting. It's a rarity for a show in Milan -- typically distinguished by its elegant tailoring and overt worksmanship -- to create, frankly, a spectacle, and this was certainly one: Neon colors, stripes, massive platforms, and monkey-and-banana prints that will likely take the place of Marni's birds from Spring 2011 as the It-print for next season.

Miuccia Prada wore banana earrings at the finale and told backstage that "it's time to be bold." Looking at the evidence, we're not entirely sure we're brave enough for monkeys and bananas, but the rest of the collection was certainly convincing.

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