Saturday, September 22, 2012

Prada's Harajuku Girl

Prada unveiled its Spring/Summer 2013 collection inspired by Japanese culture with a multi-ethnic cast which included six models of colour, a slew of new faces and some veterans thrown in for good measure. Casting director Ashley Brokaw assembled one of Prada's most ethnically diverse line-ups to date with Japanese stunner Chiharu Okunugi leading the charge alongside South Korean Sung Hee Kim and the otherworldly Belgian Japanese newcomer Yumi Lambert. Black models Roberta Narciso, Grace Mahary and last season's "tumblr" Pauline Hoarau added a much needed dose of colour to the white-washed runways of Milan. Amongst the most notable newcomers to be given the Prada nod of approval were fifteen year old Dutchie Maartje Verhoef, Calvin Klein opener Ukrainian Antonina Vasylchenko, French models Manon Leloup and Marine Deleeuw, American golden girl Juliana Schurig, the enchanting Belgian Lisa Verberght, and Swedish sensation Stina Rapp Wastenson. Muccia Prada reveals the inspiration behind the collection to the New York Times, "It's about feelings. There are two opposites - rectangular shapes, with folds, very geometric; with the flower as a symbol of poetry, sentiment, community -  those things are always struggles in the life of women." This sentiment was echoed in the multi-hued cast assembled for Prada's gorgeously poetic Spring/Summer 2013 presentation.

Chiharu Okunugi
Prada - S/S 2-13
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Marrtje Verhoef
Prada - S/S 2-13
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Lisa Verberght
Prada - S/S 2-13
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Yumi Lambert
Prada - S/S 2-13
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Pauline Hoarau
Prada - S/S 2-13
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Grace Mahary
Prada - S/S 2-13
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Stina Rapp Wastenson
Prada - S/S 2-13
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Manon Leloup
Prada - S/S 2-13
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Sung Hee Kim
Prada - S/S 2-13
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Roberta Narciso
Prada - S/S 2-13
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Juliana Schurig
Prada - S/S 2-13
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Marine Deleeuw
Prada - S/S 2-13
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Antonina Vasylchenko
Prada - S/S 2-13
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

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