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Stars hit runway for Prada's fall-winter 2012 men's show

January 17, 2012 | 11:53 am

Prada AW12 Menswear Runway
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.

PHOTOS: Milan Fashion Week Prada men's fall-winter 2012 runway show

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.


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-- 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