Prada fashion show at MFW
Protection was the name of the game at Prada in Milan Fashion Week last Thursday night, in a collection that concentrated both on evening wear and clothing that felt like the kind of practical gear one might wear in a scientific laboratory.
Many looks were finished with an identity lanyard clipped onto the chest, others with white boots resembling surgical wellingtons.
Patent wedge shoes in bright colours were worn with drawstring neon coverings, a little like the chaps favoured by hikers to prevent mud getting in their boots. There was a lot of neoprene and padded waterproof fabric, too, but it was all mixed in with more traditional tweed skirt suits, as well as dresses in vibrant abstract digital prints and wrapped in taffeta bows.
Fluorescent pink, orange, mint and turquoise
Knitwear and outerwear came in seriously oversized proportions, and jumpers featured sporty brand slogans. Many looks were styled with the athletic socks that are now a signature of the brand, which next season come with a peep-toe. While much of this collection felt like it was looking forward, Prada couldn’t resist her usual nod to the past, and for next autumn it was the late 80s that was referenced. Bucket hats, neoprene parkas and trousers made from shell suit material appeared in fluorescent pink, orange, mint and turquoise, and were styled with plastic fringed dresses and bandeau tops that were fit for a rave.
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