The distinctive paint job of a flashy hot rod isn’t just there to turn heads; it’s an advertisement for what’s going on beneath the bonnet. Much like Miuccia Prada’s hot rod heels for spring 2012 are an advertisement that their wearer is both wickedly rebellious and bang on trend. Some pairs are as simple as a classic pump with a hot rod taillight rocketing out from the back; others have flames licking up the ankle strap, threatening to set an entire outfit on fire.

Prada’s accessory offering for the season reflects the ’50s riff running throughout. The handbags don’t just suggest vintage; they could have been pulled from another decade. The shoes are modern for their novelty element, but thematically that notion of rebelliously modified cars – crossed with the sugar-sweet femininity of the decade’s female contingent – is distinctly retro, and all the more timely for it.

prada hot rod heels

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Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories
Prada S/S '12 Accessories

If leather applique flames and hot rods for your feet aren’t something you’d care to invest in, they’re still worth a window-shoppers look. You can view the Prada spring / summer 2012 accessories look book at the thumbnails above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.