Luke Meagher on lace, energy drinks and Prada SS23

Photos courtesy of Luke Meagher.

Aptly titled “TOUCH OF CRUDE”, the Prada SS23 show was a self-referential collection that was both raw and sultry, with lace and leather accents, sheer fabrics and imperfect stitching that blended into a classic Raf collection. Simons and Miuccia Prada. After the show, our Fashion Director Dara caught up with YouTube influencer and fashion critic Luke Meagher aka @hautelemode for a quick kiki on their favorite looks.


DARA: We are here with Luke. [Meagher] aka Haute Le Mode. Icon. Legend. And what have we just come out of?

LUKE MEAGHER: The Prada Spring 2023 show. It was really, really good.

DARA: Okay, so I’m going to ask you a few questions, Interview style. Wait, I’m a real professional. What are you wearing?

MEAGHER: I wear Prada.

DARA: Oh, hello.

MEAGHER: A great experience in rib knitting.

DARA: There is a small detail around the neck.

MEAGHER: Yeah, she’s cute. I had to roll it up because, like, my neck isn’t long enough unlike some people I know…

DARA: What’s in your pockets?

MEAGHER: My phone. Well, my other phone, my work phone.

DARA: She has two phones, flex.

MEAGHER: Not a flex, flex. But that’s because my personal is a bit truncated with all the videos.

DARA: Vibrations. What’s in your system?

MEAGHER: Not a monster. I tried to find Monster in Milan and it’s really difficult.

DARA: Like the energy drink?


DARA: Ewww.

MEAGHER: And I found one on the subway. I know it’s like my white trash can coming out.

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DARA: To work. What did you think of the show?

MEAGHER: I thought it was beautiful. It was a nice reference to fall 2005. There was also a bit of spring 2009.

DARA: Can you describe the collection in three words?

MEAGHER: Crumpled, slightly crumpled and light lace. Sorry, it was four.

DARA: I’m in. What was the show like?

MEAGHER: He gave a minimum. Raf and Miuccia have done a really good job of finding a way to like things that have probably already been referenced, but give it a little update that feels light and fun and funky but not too pretty, but not either ugly.

DARA: Ugly-chic.

MEAGHER: But we don’t do ugly-chic, that was two seasons ago.

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DARA: Did you have a favorite look?

MEAGHER: Yeah, it was that lace, it was the cardigans that were deteriorating in the back and exposed. But also this white lace dress that had the lace Prada triangle on the neck. Ugh. Hot.

DARA: Who was sitting next to you and did you talk to them?

MEAGHER: Hanan [Besovik] running @ideservecouture and we discussed all the shows, craziness and the metro in Milan.

DARA: How was it?

MEAGHER: It’s better than New York because it’s efficient and clean.

DARA: Take note of New York City. We love you but…

MEAGHER: @EricAdams.

DARA: Describe your Milan Fashion Week program in one word.


DARA: Oh, that’s good. I am jealous of you. How many hours of sleep did you get last night?

MEAGHER: Eight and a half years.

DARA: No jet lag here.


DARA: What’s your fashion week beauty secret?

MEAGHER: Sunscreen. That’s it.

DARA: What was your last meal?

MEAGHER: Nutella bread and an apple.

DARA: What’s been the highlight of your fashion week so far?


DARA: When’s the best time to show up at the after party?


DARA: Good answer. And what is the best magazine in the whole world?

MEAGHER: Interview? Toss me my column, girls.

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