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Prada ticks trend boxes in Milan

Textured surfaces have been impossible to ignore on the spring 09 runways. From Nathan Jenden's all-over cocktail-umbrellas dress in London, to D&G's pleated gold lame tops and skirts in Milan, one of the season's most widely evident themes to emerge so far has been a crumpled metallic aesthetic.

The trend was given a gold seal of approval last night by Miuccia Prada whose crunchy tech fabrics in earthy tones were interpreted into classic and feminine pieces, from off the shoulder cowl neck jackets to structured pencil skirts, all festooned with trailing drawstring tapes.

The sweet wrapper chic seen at D&G was also referenced at Prada by an all-over yellow gold story which will provide plenty of red carpet options at next spring's Academy Awards.

Some of the animal themes witnessed most overtly at Giles in London were also echoed at Prada, albeit far more subtly by way of Grecian fish prints and swathes of python print panels which cut through the silhouettes of some dresses while also playing up to the monochrome trend which many footwear designers had double-guessed at Milan shoe show Micam last week.

Importantly, given the economic climate, the Prada collection was thoughtful and saleable with plenty of trend stories for buyers to salivate over and little let up in the creative assault expected from Milan's leading lady.

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