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The rumors linking LVMH and Alessandro Michele just won’t quit. Photo: Miguel Medina/Getty Images
Lauren Sherman
October 5, 2023

It would be unkind, but you could convincingly say that Fashion Month begins with Prada and ends with Miu Miu. I loved the Twitter discourse around the latter: several of the online critics (like, my favorite Rian Phin), pointed out that Miu Miu threw back to its original school blazer and ruffled mini, “little sister” look, which in turn had influenced so much mall fashion in the U.S. (Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle) in the early 2000s. The mix of that and the flapper dresses felt almost nostalgic, although Miuccia Prada seems to have an evolved relationship with the past.

At the end of the show, Prada, who remains the sole creative director of Miu Miu, once again pulled exiting design director Fabio Zambernardi onto the stage for her bow. He seemed more comfortable this time. There are questions of what he will do next: despite working at Prada for more than 40 years, he still seems quite young. But my hunch is that he’ll take some time. That sort of enmeshment can’t be easily shaken off.