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5 Hot Tips on Summer Style From the Prada 2018 Cruise Collection Show

The glamorous show served up festival inspiration and a new twist on athleisure.  

By Adele Chapin
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Prada hosted its first ever stand-alone cruise collection show yesterday, and while it's called cruise, we're thinking you could sub in the word "festival" instead. That's ok, designer Miuccia Prada isn't a fan of labels either— she told The New York Times“I don’t like the word cruise, or resort, or any of these types of descriptions.”

Whatever you want to call it, the pastel-hued collection drew inspiration from its setting at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio in Milan's stunning Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world's oldest shopping malls. There were so many details that could translate to your summer aesthetic, from a brilliant lipstick hue to a surprising take on designer sneakers. Surely Prada showgoers like Courtney Love took notes.

1. Bare Faces and Bold Lips

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Forget a bold brow or even lash-extending mascara. Makeup artist extraordinare Pat McGrath kept the Prada girls essentially bare-faced (although they all had beyond perfect, poreless skin). The only pop of color? A matte pout in vibrant crimson and berry. We're totally going to copy that when the weather heats up.

2. Braided Pigtails

You know the festival-braids tutorials that involve multiple sections of inside-out French braids? This is a piece of cake in comparison. Try out Prada's simple braided pigtails braids to keep hair off your face. 

3. Feather Headbands

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Feathers made their way into many Prada pieces, but the feathered headbands might've been the most striking accessory. It's more '20s-flapper-meets-Peter Pan than controversial festival feathered headdress. And remember: we got an earlier peek at this summer's big feather trend last week at the Met Gala

4. Sparkles

Celebs at Coachella embraced sparkles, and Prada, too, dressed up transparent layers with shiny crystal details. 

5. Athleisure

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Miuccia Prada was an early adopter of athleisure; remember her nylon backpacks? This time, she dreamed up the most ladylike version of athleisure, as seen in chunky sneakers worn with knee socks, off-the-shoulder warmup jackets, and a voluminous tracksuit. 

“I wanted to work on contemporary, which means somehow sport, but to bring it into a kind of metamorphosis, into elegance. How to make sport elegant and vice versa,” she told the New York Times. “I wanted it to feel modern.” Sporty looks made a surprising resurgence at Coachella, so these looks could be a chill way to dress up for the VIP section on the festival circuit this summer.

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