by Alexander Fury .

Miu Miu's Grand National

Miu's heeling touch

At the recent Miu Miu press day it must be confessed that the Autumn/Winter 2008 collection came as something of a shock. Back-to-back with Spring’s whimsical harlequins, next season the august Mrs Prada seemed to turn her back on all frippery, focussing instead on jockeys: sleek, streamlined, taut and toned, with initials appliquéd in leather on the chest. Although appropriately rounding off this weekend's Grand National, the consistent use of simple shapes, techno-fabrics and sports-derived garments seemed a self-referential return to Nineties Miu Miu staples after the more elaborate styles of recent seasons. It also offered a clean contrast to the elaborate guipure-festooned offerings of the main Prada line, set for a closer inspection in a week’s time…