Agatha Ruiz de la Prada never fails to bring immense joy to this often fashion-weary writer. In a world of underwhelming cargo-pants and hyped-up Spanks, Prada is unashamedly bright, bold and completely over-the-top. Take her heart-swimsuit for example, is someone ever going to wear that? Who cares? It's fantastic. And unlike other designers, Prada has built a veritable empire treading the fine line between artistic expression and commercial enterprise. She is both outrageous and commercially successful expanding her line to include men's, women's, children's, ceramics, toys, shoes, linens, make-up and more.
Her SS17 collection hit the runways of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid this week with her signature heart motif, sheer cut-outs and playful prints rocking the runway. With plenty on offer for those not-so adventures fashionistas—from cover-ups to shift dresses—I'd like to say thank you Agatha Ruiz de la Prada for keeping the fun in fashion. — ANGELA GILLTRAP