Miu Miu’s Resort 2019 show was grandiose all around. Staged in the Hôtel Regina in Paris — a jewel of Belle Époque — overlooks the Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre. The hotel itself is situated in a public square that is home to Emmanuel Frémiet’s iconic 1874 gilded bronze equestrian statue Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc), an important piece in the brand’s Resort show.
With a reproduction of Frémiet’s work is situated inside the hotel lobby aquarium, the spirit of Joan of Arc, a symbol of the transgressive woman, is reflected in the collection and event. The space was designed by six-time Academy Award nominated and BAFTA award winning production designer Sarah Greenwood, who decribed Joan of Arc as “the original feminist, a young woman’s voice who still resonates today–pop punk over classical.”
Acclaimed for her time-transcending vision with director Joe Wright on period pieces Anna Karenina, Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, and Darkest Hour as well as Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes and Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, Greenwood takes a cinematic approach to the Miu Miu Resort 2019 show.
“This is an occasion to celebrate the freedom, camaraderie and vivacity that embodies the spirit of Miu Miu,” notes Greenwood. The contrast between the cinematic set design, Belle Époque luxury hotel setting, and gilded symbol of radical resistance set the scene for the latest offering from Miuccia Prada: a decisively contemporary take on timeless traditions of femininity.
And that is where the celebs come in. Or rather, walk in.
A whole cast of model and actresses took to the catwalk to present the collection, including the up-and-coming actress Rowan Blanchard whom opened the show, supermodels Naomi Campell and Adriana Lima, the original fashion influencer herself and muse Alexa Chung, as well as Hollywood favourites like Jaime King, Uma Thurman, Chloë Sevigny and Kate Bosworth — to name a few.