Posted by Fashion Editor at Large

Ondria Hardin from North Carolina, Kelly Mittendorf from Arizona, 17 and 18 year old Swede Frida Gustavsson make kooky look beautiful for Prada AW11, thanks to Steven and Mrs P.

It is not often I can lay claim to actually enjoying reading a press release, but  Prada have a convincing way with even the most purple prose.

"This campaign exemplifies an anything goes attitude to fashion maximalism, but is delivered with a unique sense of grace and casualness, where cherry-red heels, coral kid gloves, and the orange glint of a mermaid scale dress blend with natural ease and precision."

On the green sofa we have Antonia Wesseloh, a 16 year old from Hamburg with a touch of the Freja Beha about her, and Kelly Mittendorf. This was Mittendorf's first ever modelling job.

"The delicate sensuality expressed by the fresh-faced models is at odds with the sophisticated fashion on display: trompe l’oeil boots in grownup velvet masquerade as girlish knee-highs, oversized coquettish lapels are paneled in fur and python bags are cradled like cute teddy bears. It’s a dressing room of contemporary desire disguised as a playroom of childhood dreams."

Photos: courtesy of Prada