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Five ways Prada mixed work and play in spring-summer show at Milan Fashion Week

A set like a steel cage, sloping catwalk (perhaps an allusion to women on an upward career path) and screens featuring clips of Fast Forward, a short film created by Miuccia Prada and American writer/director David O. Russell made for another thought-provoking environment for a Prada show.

The label has suffered a drop in sales in Asia, and designer Miuccia Prada may have been feeling the pressure, because this was one of her most commercial and restrained collections in a while (with the exception of the playful footwear and covetable bags).

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These were five top trends from the show:

1. Lots of boldly coloured broken checks, wrap skirts, big knickers and abundant feathery trims sums up spring for Prada. Playful feathers fluff up shoes, bags, silk pyjamas, bralets and slit or wrap skirts.

2. There was nothing matchy-matchy about the idea of putting office cardigans and big knickers together, or cinching a leather blouson with a belt rather than zipping it.

3. Must-have items include the white spring coat, the adorable kitten heel evening shoes and the new shoulder bag with its big flap fastening and fine gold chain, which can be carried in the evening as a clutch.

4. If you want to know how to make something pretty out of something ugly, ask Prada. Flat forms and jelly-like sandals are about as desirable as Crocs until Christopher Kane sprays them with glitter and jewels. Prada has revamped the basic sandal with bright colours, furry trims, sporty details and graphic flowers.

5.There has been little on the catwalks this season for the career woman, but as long as those feathery trims are detachable then Miuccia Prada has nailed it. The check shirts and wrap skirts will be zooming up office elevators across town in no time.