FASHION: UNDERSTATED ART

BY COMBINING EASY, CLASSIC DESIGNS WITH A HIGH-TECH EDGE, PRADA CATCHES THE FANCY OF THE '90S

IT TOOK HALF A DECADE and some very lean seasons for most designers to figure out what women were looking for in the '90s. But one, Miuccia Prada, knew the answer all along: wearable clothes with a touch of class. Prada is a cult that is about to become a movement. The popular thing to say about the Prada style is that it looks like nothing--but that is meant as a compliment. Instead of making a bold statement, like Versace or Lacroix, the clothes are unassertive, combining traditional good manners and an ultramodern industrial sleekness.

Thanks to Miuccia, the Milan-based house...

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