La Femme Chiquita
Fruit Roll Ups
Florals have long been a staple of fashion, but this season a fresh new print is getting in on the action- a literally fresh new print. Fruit! They have suddenly popped up as the new 'it' pattern on Spring 2011 runways, boldly showing everywhere from Prada to Miu Miu. Prada and Stella McCartney were both inspired by the produce department for spring, but they stand on opposite sides of the aisle.
Prada showed bold banana prints, while McCartney opted for a citrus mix: lemons, oranges, limes and grapefruit. Stella McCartney's ads were great, too; poking fun at the backlash her out-there prints received, the campaign's featured models with fruit cut and pasted over top of them followed by a picture of the same model in a design with the same fruit as the pattern.
Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2011 Campaign
The cheeky playfulness of Carmen Miranda is also apparent in Prada's ad campaigns, which feature models giving the camera a sultry stare while tossing their legs and fur stoles in the air, flamenco-style. The same look was duplicated on the runway, as dark-haired models in sleek fingerwaves gave off a distinctly Spanish vibe. With these types of prints, I'm glad designers have decided to go similarly silly with the ad campaigns. You just can't take yourself too seriously when you're wearing lemons and limes all over your dress.
The original Chiquita Banana Herself... Carmen Miranda
Prada Spring/Summer 2011 Campaign
Prada SS 2011 runway show
These run-by fruiting's (Mrs. Doubtfire, chea!) aren't stopping on clothes, either; all manner of accessories have also been hit with edible arangements. The $1695.70 fruit shoe by Charlotte Olympia, available at LUISAVIAROMA, prominently displays bananas, strawberries, grapes, and oranges on the sides, and New York-based indie brand Suno put out some truly adorable wedges covered in- you guessed it- bananas. (They turned them on their sides, however, showcasing the brown tip in a yellow center for a rather striking effect.)
Charlotte Olympia Banana Shoe
Suno Fruit Print Wedges
This is a fun and easy trend to try this summer, just because it's everywhere. You can ease into it by starting off with some accessories: these cute apple sunglasses, $21, are full on Lolita chic and perfect for a flirty first date; you can also go the Josephine Baker route in this banana necklace, $20. Cherries, apples, and oranges can also all make their way into your jewelry box for under $50. To go bold, like Anna Dominique and her yellow apple bag below, try this fun, pear printed cardigan from Urban Outfitters, $49 or this little number: a royal blue jumpsuit covered in white apples. You'll look good enough to eat... and twice as sweet!