Grandeur in simplicity
One of the core (and most fascinating) foundations of fashion has been its receptiveness – the ability to react to the social climate within which it’s placed, while both impressing and challenging its audience. Throughout history, we’ve seen this notion explored in all sorts of extravagant ventures. This season, however, Prada anchors us back to the very basics, producing an eerily yet beautifully minimalist collection that channels the house’s essence – intellectuality and taste. Titled Let’s Talk About Clothes, the fabric becomes the language and the garments take on meaning, as Prada’s voice flows into a manifesto of modern menswear. Sharp cuts, tamed colours, exaggerated proportions and glimpses of bare skin permeated the show, with models first rushing out on the runway in slim tailored, elongated suits and then slowly growing into asymmetry, oversized bomber jackets and white puffer vests. With Prada, the devil is in the details – like the spear-like collars piercing through the monochrome blazers and statement tote bags reminiscent of flasks. A special mention, of course, goes to the exquisite footwear – a cross-breed between a sneaker and a loafer that screams Raf Simons, with an occasion (but very welcomed) pop of colour. Overall, this collection drills into the bone marrow of Prada’s current vision and heritage, as well as the primary role of fashion itself – to hold a mirror to the chaos of the world.