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Bridget Foley on Prada Spring 2019: Whoa! Miuccia Prada had a lot on her mind for her spring collection. At least according to the way her pre-show press conference went (reported here as translated from Italian).

Prada opened by musing rhetorically about the woes of oversimplification. “Do you want fashion to be a hashtag? Much like politics?” she queried. “That’s how you rule a country now…hashtags. Because right now, politics have been reduced to hashtags” — to whom might she have referred? — “and fashion shouldn’t follow this excessive simplification, because the more you simplify, the more slogan you use, the less content there is.” She closed the session with a defense of the fashion industry in response to a question about a New York Times article, published today. “Inside Italy’s Shadow Economy” is about at-home workers for major luxury brands, sometimes making as little as one euro an hour. “The real world is complicated,” Prada said, with countless woes — hunger, pollution, corruption, so let’s not just dump on fashion. “Fashion has its own faults, but…not only fashion is guilty. We are all guilty, and then it’s a gradual process. It’s right to fight, but we need a bit of time…,” she said.

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