>> I'm not going to lie. There are times when I will sulk an evening off because I've missed out on a score on eBay. Normally that score revolves around past season Miu Miu. My top Miu Miu targets at the moment are anything from the scuba lattice cut-out collection of A/W 08, anything bird/cat/naked woman printed from that over-blogger and over-loved S/S 10 collection and a knitted body or bloomer short from the S/S 07 collection. I've rinsed out the scratchy textures in beige and pepto bismol pink of A/W 07 so that box is duly ticked. It's safe to say that Miu Miu along with big sister Prada instills a collector's urge in me. Their time period might be instantly recognisable to the hardcore fashion person but their appeal is ever lasting. Not in that boring "Oh it's a timeless classic!" kind of way. No, Miu Miu does timeless oddity – the sort that you don't tire of and the why I'm constantly hunting for pieces that have made significant indents on my brain.
This latest feature archive shoot entitled 'The Miu Age" from Dazed & Confused's August issue (with some extra shots on Dazed Digital) isn't going to help that addiction. Dazed & Confused have always excelled at reminding people of the past with their archive pages of long forgotten designers but fashion director Robbie Spencer has done something extra special with Miu Miu's archive from the last decade (the label began in 1993 but it's safe to say their directional prowess didn't really kick in until later). Shot by Ben Toms and styled by Spencer, the 16-page editorial is an ever-pertinent reminder of how pervasive Miu Miu is – new or old, brimming with ideas that could still be exploited today by Miuccia to great effect. It says something when recycled ideas in a collection are still hugely palatable. I fully expect to STILL be loving the Olive Oyl polka dots of this season in a few years time and if anything, my appreciation will only become stronger in ardour.
Photography Ben Toms, Styling Robbie Spencer, Film Amy Gwatkin
Speaking of which, it does make it easier to go on an archive Miu Miu hunt when their distribution is such that pieces always pop up on eBay as well as the growing used designer site Vestiaire Collective sometime, somehow. A few of the pieces featured in the shoot above are currently on eBay should you wish to relive those seasons. At the very least, the hunt isn't as difficult as say, S/S 03 Balenciaga. That's another sulking matter altogether.