- Associated Press - Thursday, February 20, 2014

MILAN (AP) - Miuccia Prada has created a fashion incarnation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Lola,” Karl Lagerfeld received an homage with a Fendi fur mini-me and Australian actress Rose Byrne was up with the early-morning fashion crowd to grab a front-row seat at Max Mara as Milan Fashion week offered its second day of womenswear previews for next fall and winter.

Closing out the day, Katy Perry made an appearance at Moschino, showing up fashionable late for Jeremy Scott’s debut at the label. To make amends, the pop star made a photo call from the runway, dressed head-to-toe in a snug black dress with matching coat and golden accents, including an oversized “Moschino” necklace.

Max Mara, Fendi, Just Cavalli and Prada headlined Thursday’s shows as the fashion crowd continued their appointed rounds. Highlights:


Prada has immersed herself in German culture of the 1980s, film and music, and taken inspiration for her latest collection.

The looks for next fall and winter are for Prada’s “Lola” of the 1981 Fassbinder film, a fun-loving floozy in ephemeral sheer or silky dress, nearly lingerie, draped in a man’s jacket. The looks were richly adorned in accents of fur, sometimes wisps and sometimes faux shearling.

“I like this theme so much. How it is related to clothes, I don’t know,” Prada said backstage, though she does have some inkling: “It is high and low, sophisticated and slightly vulgar.”

British fashion icon Alexa Chung said she loved the sheepskin coats, and acknowledged that the super-high wedge shoes with a rubberized finish were somewhat intimidating , even for her.

“But I will give it a go,” she said gamely.


The invitation said Harlem Renaissance, and the gin and bubbly were flowing at Prada’s newly renovated shops on via Montenapoleone. The pair of stores, men’s and women’s, were finished in September but only formally inaugurated in the presence of the fashion crowd.

Live jazz wafted through the menswear store where a billiard table and card games were set up to suggest the back room to the Harlem Club — which was the women’s store down the block.

Prada no doubt wants to keep its customers feeling indulged. The Prada Group this month reported that sales in its stores rose 12 percent last year to nearly 3 billion euros ($4 billion) — the lion’s share of its overall 3.6 billion in sales.


Fendi has a new meme: a furry figure on a string evoking designer Lagerfeld, complete with a neat white pony tail, large white collar and black tie. Silvia Venturini Fendi said it all started with the Fendi bag bugs: festive little creatures that hang from Fendi’s handbags.

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