Designer shows crisis is a moment for creativity
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...