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  Original image by Onur Dag for Marie Claire Turkey

Original image by Onur Dag for Marie Claire Turkey

Milan: Prada explains her dual-gender Pitti Uomo show

 Miuccia Prada at her Spring 2015 Menswear show at Pitti |  Telegraph

Miuccia Prada at her Spring 2015 Menswear show at Pitti | Telegraph

Miuccia Prada spoke to the Telegraph about her unusual resort showing, where women's and men's collections share the runway at Pitti Uomo. 

While nearly all fashion houses tend to keep their catwalk shows gender-specific, Prada explained her decision to mix the boys with the girls backstage. "I think the combination is more real," she said. "It is more today. Otherwise it looks like we are in classes, in the time of my grandfather, women divided from men. The shows divided are so unreal and I think that it is when you put them together you get a sense of what is meaningful and real..."

However, Prada shows her bi-annual womenswear collections with a female-only cast, and is of course open to changing her mind; "Maybe next season I will change," says the 65-year-old tastemaker, "but at the moment it is two or three seasons where I feel like it's good when you do something that is meaningful to people."

 Marin at Prada Menswear Spring 2015 |  Style.com

Marin at Prada Menswear Spring 2015 | Style.com

 Adrienne Juliger at Prada Menswear Spring 2015 |  Style.com

Adrienne Juliger at Prada Menswear Spring 2015 | Style.com

Read the full article here.

She further explained, as quoted in Tim Blanks' review for Style.com, "Anytime I do a men's show, I'm thinking this would be fantastic for women—or at least for me. And more and more, it feels instinctively right to translate the same idea for both genders," she said.

What do you think? Should more designers should concurrently? Is separation more practical for design and production?

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UPDATED Cindy Bruna books Spring Prada campaign

Last season, Prada cast Malaika Firth in its campaign and got an overwhelming response from consumers and media all over the world. That campaign is now famous for being the first Prada campaign to feature a non-white model since 1994.

Although an excellent PR move on Prada's part, Cindy Bruna is by no means just a token model of colour. The 19-year-old French woman was one of the top newcomers at the Spring shows this fall. She began the season with a Calvin Klein exclusive in New York, and then went on to crush Paris - see her bookings for McQueen, Givenchy, Gaultier, and Balmain. She followed that up with a cover of Vogue Italia. To top it off, she had two looks at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. 

From runway, to a cover, to the most coveted commercial booking and now a major campaign, Cindy's had a pretty amazing six months. Clearly, there's something to be said for debuting after the age of 18. 

 The new Spring/Summer 2014 Prada campaign shot by Steven Meisel

The new Spring/Summer 2014 Prada campaign shot by Steven Meisel

 Anna Ewers, Ophélie Guillermand, Cindy Bruna & Gracie Van Gastel for Vogue Italia (December 2014) by Steven Meisel

Anna Ewers, Ophélie Guillermand, Cindy Bruna & Gracie Van Gastel for Vogue Italia (December 2014) by Steven Meisel

 Cindy Bruna at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in November 2013 | E! Online

Cindy Bruna at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in November 2013 | E! Online

All the Prada images have been released and confirm rumours that Malaika Firth also booked the campaign. See below:

Campaign models include: Julia Bergshoeff, Dorota Kullova, Ashleigh Good, Gracie Van Gastel, Amanda Murphy, Viktor Van Pelt, Maggie Jablonski, Lieke Van Houten, Maja Salamon, Ola Rudnicka, Sabrina Ioffreda, Magdalena Jasek, Nastya Sten, Cindy Bruna, Anna Ewers, Ophelie Guillermand, Malaike Firth and Lexi Bolling. 

Philipp Plein follows all-black show cast with all-black campaign

 Philipp Plein Spring 2014 campaign shot by Francesco Carrozzini

Philipp Plein Spring 2014 campaign shot by Francesco Carrozzini

Milano is notorious for favouring white models - the paler, the better. But the Philipp Plein SS14 show in Milan featured an all-black line-up. This week, the Swiss brand revealed an all-black campaign. 

After a year of much protest about the racism in fashion, we applaud the casting directors for Philipp Plein. 

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