For Spring/Summer 2018, Miu Miu hit the books in preppy-girl-meets-boy style, with a collection awash with print, neon pops and the season's key take on layering. Retro but not vintage, unexpected yet perfectly put together, distinctly Miu Miu but all about the individual, this was Miuccia Prada's lesson on the art of dressing.
Opening with Argyle-esque print on a waistcoat that topped a striped shirt, far from being staid, the simplicity of it being sleeveless added that feminine edge, while school boy and girl fundamentals – shorts, over-knee socks, brogues, chunky sandals and tartan reinforced that bookish side of proceedings. Layers were everything, and, as seen at Stella McCartney and Céline, blurred the lines between evening and day, with dresses topping tunic tops and shirts, and after-hours one-shoulder dresses and tops sat over buttoned-up cardigans-cum-waistcoats and tank tops. Flipping the layers, blown-out distressed leather trenches and tunics were paired with lace dresses over button-down plaid shirts, vests or tees, while leggings and neon ankle socks worn with sandals added to the mix.
For the final exits, things took a markedly more girly turn, with lace midi dresses, elevated florals, sheer sequin or beaded tunics, Peter Pan collars and crystal-embellished dresses, coats and jackets, and culminating in a black strappy evening dress worn pinafore-style over a lime green sheer chiffon shirt with neon orange tights and sandals. With Katie Grand behind the styling of the show, expect to see layering à la Miu Miu everywhere in the season to come – now's the time to start swotting up.