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Will Miuccia Prada Single-Handedly Bring Back The Leather Maxi Skirt?

Miu Miu’s mini gets a 2010 makeover.

By Ava Gilchrist
The creations of fashion designers are coveted by fashion purveyors and the celebrity set alike, but for style savants, often little to no attention is paid to the personal style of designers themselves.
Mary-Kate and Ashley's beat up Birkin collection and effortlessly undone minimalist approach to dressing may be a mainstay on moodboards for stylists and fashion fanatics everywhere, but looking across the pond to Europe's 'old money' guard may prove more beneficial than anticipated.
Between Vivienne Westwood's eclectic and punk rock style and Phoebe Philo's signature sleek and sophisticated aesthetic, designers' personal style are worthy of the fanfare and reception their own clothing receives.
No one proves that better than Italian style maven, Miuccia Prada.
Since taking over the helm of her family business in 1978, Miuccia has remained as one of the most lauded designers of the 21st century, and while you may think that you're immune to the influence of her personal wardrobe, you'd be sadly mistaken.
If you ever fawned after Miu Miu's viral micro mini skirt, or the balletcore slippers from their most recent collection, then you'll have unsuspectingly been lusting over pieces inspired by Miuccia's own wardrobe.
She's an undeniable fashion influencer, whether she knows it or not. Her wardrobe has even gotten the fan account treatment, with Instagram account @whatmiuccia dedicated to chronicling the sartorial splendours of her wardrobe.
Now, Miuccia is flexing her prowess for viral and enviable designs by making a case for this bleisure (read: business and leisure) staple from the early 2010s to be revived.
In a viral editorial shoot that you no doubt would've seen on social media, the 73-year-old designer took to the cover of Perfect Magazine in a custom look inspired by Miu Miu's après-sportif collection.

Putting a more modest spin on her viral mini skirts, Miuccia donned a distressed leather skirt and matching jacket, looking like a post-war Hollywood starlet à la Marlon Brando and Sofia Loren.
Given that Miuccia has the midas touch, we have no doubt the likes of Dua Lipa and Bella Hadid are already on hold with their stylists trying to loan this look for themselves.
But this all leather ensemble, begs asking the question: are we ready for a leather maxi skirt revival?
Miuccia Prada ATE this look up.
Someone put this on Bella Hadid ASAP.
The current market sees the likes of Bottega Veneta dominate the leather game with their inventive and imaginary take on the material (Matthieu Blazy's all leather tank top calls to mind), with the style taking a backseat since the pandemic saw us swap skin-tight ensembles for loungewear.
However, any TikTok user will know that leather bomber jackets are on the rise, so will the leather maxi make for the perfect accompaniment?
Of course, anyone who may have been considered a club kid in the early 2010s will know of the prominence this style had in their after-work drinks wardrobe.
To this day, Victoria Beckham has continued to be purveyor for this under rated look, often taking to the streets in a skin-tight skirt and colour blocked sweater.
Victoria Beckham in New York in 2019.
And with Sydney Sweeney giving this look her sartorial stamp of approval in Miu Miu's recent campaign, we have no doubts that core-coveters and designer dressers will be eating this look up.
Below, behold ELLE Australia's edit of the best maxi leather skirts worthy of a place of Miuccia Prada's wardrobe, and yours.
ESSE Studios Classico Leather Midi Skirt, $660 at Incu
BOTTEGA VENETA Black Leather Maxi Skirt, $4770 at SSENSE
PROENZA SCHOULER Faux leather midi skirt, $299 at My Theresa
Nanushka faux-leather maxi skirt, $303 at Farfetch
PACO RABANNE Leather midi skirt, $1,385 at THE OUTNET
GANNI Flared leather midi skirt, $468 at THE OUTNET
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