by Alex Fury .

Prada - the black sheep of Italian fashion

It's day four of Milan fashion week. Well, it was - a whirlwind morning of re-sees and two major shows back-to-back, now it's all over. Hardly time to post my musing on a decidedly simple and subdued fashion week filled with relaxed tailoring, practical footwear, natty shorts and ever-reliable regulation navy blue. Despite all of those being present in her show, glancing at this Damien Hirst installation in Prada's formidable Milanese HQ reminded me that Miuccia P. really is the black sheep of Italian fashion. She's the only designer to admit - outright - that this season was about uniformity. And like many a disreputable fast-food chain, designers are expecting you to pay for your own. At the same time, despite giving the game away with her dental scrubs and utilitarian denims, Prada was the only designer to twist something truly extraordinary out of next season's rather mundane must-haves. Those were my thoughts, anyway. I'll let you get back to Kate the Great over in London.

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