Stars hit runway for Prada's fall-winter 2012 men's show
Miuccia Prada made sure the 2012 Golden Globes didn't have a lock on the celebrity-studded red carpet over the weekend, closing out her fall-winter 2012-2013 men's runway show in Milan on Sunday with a handful of Hollywood elite including Gary Oldman, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Garrett Hedlund, Jamie Bell, Tim Roth, Emile Hirsch, Alex Carril and Victor Carril.
Because I'm not attending the European men's runway shows this season, I didn't have the luxury of slipping backstage and buttonholing the enigmatic designer about why she chose the actors to walk in the show finale, but, according to published reports, the show -- and the collection -- was inspired by the notion of power and powerful men. (“Clothing is also a tool of power and a way to express male vanity," she was quoted as saying in fashion industry trade paper WWD.)
And one certainly didn't need to be in a front-row seat to pick up on the military vibe of the buttoned and belted jackets, spit-shined boots and lapel accessories that evoked the notion of military badging including boutonnières, shield-shaped lapel pins and sunglasses with red-tinted lenses tucked into jacket breast pockets.
The images of powerful men in military-inspired greatcoats striding through a cavernous room brought to mind one of the more memorable of last January's menswear shows in Europe -- the military meets melancholia aesthetic of the Alexander McQueen fall-winter 2011 collection.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photos: Gary Oldman, left, Adrien Bordy and Willem Dafoe hit the red-carpeted runway in Prada's fall-winter 2012-2013 men's runway show Sunday during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Prada