The spring 2011 Prada show was so amazing to critics, it caused at least one to compare Miuccia Prada to Charles Darwin. Living up to that metaphor, she did evolve for spring — but she's not earning comparisons to David Attenborough, which would hardly be appropriate with all those big shiny snakeskin coats anyway. After the spring banana- and Baroque-monkey prints, Miuccia gave us schoolgirl dresses, aviator hats, and boots made to look like mary janes with snakeskin socks (remember what happen when she put her girls in socks?). She proved the worth of those shoes by having her models walk in them down a scary-looking staircase, which caused no one to fall.
While lots of designers have been beating the pants-drum — looser styles, mostly, not skinnies that everyone has so many of that selling them a new version would be tough — Prada sent out only dresses. We especially loved the ones with big sequins reminiscent of fish scales. Times critic Cathy Horyn wasn't so enthusiastic about the aviator-style helmets. But, hey, maybe the models were happy to have them in case they did fall down those stairs.