TUTTI FRUTTI; from Cheryl to Miuccia Prada and Stella McCartney, the Fashion World Is Going Bananas for the Carmen Miranda Look. Get Your Five a Day, Says Rosamund Urwin

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TUTTI FRUTTI; from Cheryl to Miuccia Prada and Stella McCartney, the Fashion World Is Going Bananas for the Carmen Miranda Look. Get Your Five a Day, Says Rosamund Urwin


Byline: Rosamund Urwin

RAIDING the fruit bowl has never been so fashionable. On her trip to London last week, designer Miuccia Prada refused to be parted from her plastic banana earrings. After the style queen was photographed both at the opening of the new Miu Miu flagship store on New Bond Street and awarding the Turner Prize in the pair, fashion lovers on Twitter went, well, bananas. The dangly earrings will be in stores later this month.

The monkey business wasn't just for the capital. Mrs Prada also wore the pair to take her bow after Prada's spring/summer show, when she sent banana print shirts and skirts down the catwalk.

Bananas are not the only fruit this season, though. In the resort collection for Miu Miu -- Prada's little sister -- apples were the favoured food, appearing on Seventies-style printed bell-bottom trousers, dresses, skirts and as jewellery. There was also a sprinkling of cherries at Anna Sui and D&G and lemon bags at Blumarine. Even Stella McCartney, known for sophisticated minimalism, dotted her sleek collection with citrus prints. And new to fashion boutique Matches for next year is the Parisian shoe designer Michel Perry, whose heels feature plump cherries.

Charlotte Dellal, the glamorous fashion designer behind the Charlotte Olympia shoe label, was also feeling fruity for spring. Her standout pair of heels are decorated with interlaced pineapples, bananas, strawberries and watermelons. The collection also includes a banana bag.

"They are tongue in cheek but wearable," Dellal says. "I like accessories which have a sense of humour." Her inspiration was the Brazilian bombshell and samba singer, Carmen Miranda, famous for her fruit-laden hat. …

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