Prada Puts on a Devil of a Display in Hong Kong


By Peter & Jean Richards

Prada has put on a surprisingly interesting road show, Pradasphere, which is parked atop Pier Four on Hong Kong Island’s Victoria Harbor until 5 December 2014.

The luxury goods company has been reported to have asked for a rent reduction to compensate it for loss of business during the nearby Occupy Central protests this Fall, but it spared no expense in mounting the historical exhibition it modestly calls “the universe of Prada.”

We were on our way elsewhere when we spied the big black box on the roof of the pier and went for a look.

The front showcases a few dozen examples of beautifully crafted leather goods and accessories offered by Fratelli Prada in the glorious Galleria Vittorio Emmanuel II from 1913. The rear wall flutters with visuals of models strutting the runways, but the central IMG_1632focus is on old-fashioned vitrines filled with contemporary Prada. Even the mannequins look uncomfortable in the outré costumes designed to be worn by models who can neither walk in the platformed and stilettoed heels nor sit comfortably in garb made of shaggy goat hair, acrylic crystals or waxed silk. The most tastefully dressed in the room were the docents clad discreetly in black. They were welcoming, knowledgeable and eager to elucidate.

There’s not much that’s pretty or wearable, but  it was fun and may soon be moving to a city near you.The exhibit was at Harrod’s In London in May and we were told it will make two more stops in Asia.

You can get all the details on the Internet, but here are some photographs which will give you the gist





















© 2014 by Peter & Jean Richards


About oldmainetravelers

The Old Maine Travelers are Peter and Jean Richards, who met more than a half century ago covering President John F. Kennedy on what would become his last trip to Boston.  They worked for many years as wire service and newspaper reporters and editors.  Peter did a nightly television show on WGBH, Boston, before he went into government in the administration of John V. Lindsay, mayor of New York City. After they moved to their brownstone in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, Jean did a spell on Madison Avenue in the real “Mad Men” days and later became public relations officer at Chase Manhattan Bank.  Since 1973 they have worked together first as owners and publishers of a group of award-winning newspapers in Dutchess County, N.Y., and then as antiques dealers.  Now they are old and live on the coast of Maine and in the Southwest of France when not traveling further afield. In the red barn by their house in Damariscotta, Maine, they tend an antique shop specializing in 18th and 19th century furniture, metalwork and accessories, buying objects they know about and like and selling them from May to October to delightful people of obvious discernment and taste. In France, they live in an old stone house in the shadows of the remaining towers of an unfinished 17th century church and above Roman drains in a town along a pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella. They love it — for its authenticity and abundant boulangeries.  The rest of the time they travel the world together seeing the sights, seeking out museums, stumbling into interesting conversations, savoring local specialties and otherwise bumbling along in their own style. For years they have sent article-length postcards to family, friends, fellow travelers and some media. Many of these will now be posted here.
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