I haven't written about pattern for a while and everywhere I have turned this week has coincidentally been pattern-overload so I'm going to start with bananas... you know, the 'Chiquita' ones you find in the supermarket. Bare with me, the link is not as tedious as it sounds. If you didn't think there was such a thing as "minimal baroque", think again. "Minimal baroque" was how Miuccia Prada described her Prada Spring/Summer collection for 2011 that debuted in Milano yesterday with a myriad of electric colour, stripes and decoration that painted a picture of life in a tropical jungle... in space. "Bold and brave" are nothing new to Prada but the placement of elements such as cherubs, scrolls, monkeys, all with thick stripes of colour and this fantastic banana print just exude the South American heat as well as invincibility in a way that embodies the genetics of Baroque for a utilitarian twenty-first century. Gentlemen, prepare to be ah-ing and ooh-ing as these tall, tan, young, lovely ladies pass by. Coming soon to a playa near you.