It's often said that fashion is losing its appeal because trends continue to repeat themselves - in essence, everything worth doing has already been done. This strikes me as a defeatist attitude - trends always have, and always will repeat themselves due to the simple fact that there is only so far the imagination can stretch. The challenge that designers now face is how to take a trend that we've all seen before (in this case, the Oriental trend) and repackage it to a fresh new audience?
Prada's answer was to do Japan in the 28th Century - the ultra-futuristic aesthetic of this collection was a complete breath of fresh air, and something that few designers explore throughout an entire collection. Although there were some timeless pieces - a white fur coat emblazoned with fire-red flowers was effortlessly chic, as were a series of silk cocktail gowns decorated with abstract floral motifs - the looks were taken into the future by Miuccia's genius take on the traditional tabi and zori footwear.