Designer shows crisis is a moment for creativity

Tue Mar 3, 2009 12:14pm EST
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

MILAN (Reuters) - Dresses with mock birds in cages or fried egg shape cut-outs. Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz De La Prada showed Milan the kind of imagination she believes is needed in a woman's wardrobe at times of economic crisis.

Playing away from catwalk trends, she presented a colorful collection for next winter at her show Tuesday, with a pink dress that had an upside down umbrella for a skirt and headbands that had satin baguette shapes stuck on them.

"In a moment of crisis, it is important to do things that are imaginative," Ruiz De La Prada told Reuters after her show, part of Milan Autumn/Winter 2009/2010 womenswear fashion week.

"This is a moment for creativity."

Ruiz de la Prada is known for her bold designs, which she calls "naughty and optimistic." She made no exception Tuesday with a palette of upbeat colors -- pink, yellow, red, violet, and blue for clothes, tights and heels.

Ruiz De La Prada said she dedicated her collection to artist Salvador Dali and surrealism. She even stuck on a big mustache, reminiscent of the painter's own, on one of her dresses.

"All of my life many people would tell me my clothes went on surrealism, I didn't like it," she said. "But at the end, there are many of my designs that go on surrealism."

Her "Cage Dress" had a mock cage, complete with a bird at its front, while the "Mermaid" had a long skirt with crossed over fabrics to give the effect of a mermaid's tail.   Continued...

<p>A combination picture shows a model displaying a creation as part of the Agatha Ruiz De La Prada Fall/Winter 2009/10 women's collection during Milan Fashion Week March 3, 2009 REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo</p>