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Milan Fashion Week: Prada's parade of spring 16 stripes

Day two of the spring 16 edition of Milan Fashion Week saw Prada unveil a classically subverted collection.

A boxy tailored jacket and a slim mid-length skirt in summer stripes were the basic takeaways from Prada for spring 16. Except this was Prada, so the classic tailoring in traditional tweeds and checks were morphed and subverted into eccentric yet covetable updates.

Stripes were the key story, in varying sizes and scales, running the length of coats, skirts and dresses in graphic, vertical patterns – only Miuccia Prada could make a simple stripe look so fresh and new – expect to see versions everywhere next season.

Skirts stopped on the knee in loose pencil silhouettes and featured various panels in varying lengths, while jackets were pieced together from different fabrics that were patchworked in a way that somehow came off as super-sleek and elegant, or done in sheer. Dropped waist dresses featured a mash up of prints and stripes pieced together in that classic ‘shouldn’t work but does’ Prada way. Meanwhile embellishment was another standout element, particuarly sequins adding a fancy evening air to outerwear.

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