“What is real and what is fake? What does the confusion of the two mean for our understanding of beauty?”. These are questions that have been raised again and again over the last few years, both inside the fashion industry and out — by legislators, the advertising industry and women, activist or not — as the truth versus airbrushing movement has reached epidemic proportions.
When they come up, they generally, and understandably, provoke passion and debate. Sometimes they provoke political activism. What they do not often provoke, however, is clothes.
Except, that is, in the case of Miuccia Prada, quoted above. This was backstage, after a show, when the crowd had surged in to hear her elliptical comments on inspiration. It has become a Milan ritual, as predictable as traffic jams — and the fact that what Mrs. Prada does each season cannot be predicted from the last.
I find that weird. That we cant predict something based on the last thing or on our perception of something over time. As humans we are pretty good at that. If we don't like one thing and we encounter it we can predict that our mood will change because we dislike it. We can predict the outcome of a situation by most often reading ones body language. Etc, etc. The brain is weird like that.
Me personally? I am a good judge of character. But not when it comes to myself and I certainly did not or could not have predicted myself being allergic to Prada. Well not Prada as a whole but just the perfume Prada Candy. I found this out a few days ago in work and well of course I thought I would blog about it. My encounter with the perfume went a little like this personalised review:
"Prada candy is instantly seductive. In an explosion of shocking sneezing, Prada candy will certainly take you on a walk on the wild side, showing you a new facet of Prada femininity where more certainly arouses your allergies and excess is not everything. Magnified by white musks, noble benzoin comes together with a modern caramel accord to give the fragrance a truly unique signature: A sneeze-athon".