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MFW: Womanhood as blood sport at Prada

March 1, 2009 |  3:00 pm

Rageprada1_2 MILAN -- Being a woman is a blood sport, according to Miuccia Prada, who on Sunday showed her own powerful vision of the tough chic that is emerging as one of the biggest trends for fall. And it didn't involve the '80s-era severe shoulders and rocker wear we've seen elsewhere either.

The arena seating should have been a clue. It was about female gladiators dressed to kill in mannish, rust-colored coats slit up the sides like loin cloths, fringed suede and crystal-studded tunic dresses and wool tabards with fur breast plates.

The cold harsh world is no match for these warrior women, pounding the pavement in crepe-soled shoe boots, braving the floods in rubber gators and warding away the competition in killer heels with studded Rage_prada_2_2 suede plumage.

Of course, a woman's sexuality is a fierce weapon, demonstrated by a crimson burnout velvet dress with a deep V front, a crystal dusted workaday attache case and the scarlet glitter eyeshadow revealed when models batted their eyes.

The collection was definitely thought-provoking. It's been a hard few months for the female species, between the tearing down of Hillary Clinton and the tearing down of Sarah Palin. And fashion is one of the world's most dangerous battlegrounds.

-- Booth Moore

Photos: Prada at Fall 2009 Milan Fashion Week

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Photo: Looks from Prada's Fall 2009 runway collection in Milan on Sunday. Credit: AP Photo/Luca Bruno