Following the Fall/Winter 2021 men's show last month, Prada and its plush, fur-covered rooms are back for the new women's collection.The Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons co-created lineup features a mix of psychedellic prints, faux fur, and sparkling sequins, honing in on the sartorial sensory experience they began exploring with the men's collection. Even through the digital presentation the clothes, juxtaposing structure and fluidity, hard and soft, display a tactile quality and beg to be touched.
The outerwear shines-sometimes literally with full sequined coats, which are just as eye-catching as the faux fur pieces or boldly colored options. As with Prada and Simons' latest menswear collection, layering is key, with bodysuit-like printed pieces adding color and contrast to the modern tailoring styled atop.
Stepping away from the matte, minimalist pieces from Spring/Summer 2021, the new collection feels more extravagant and celebratory. After spending a year getting accustomed to a new normal and its constraints, Prada poses that perhaps those limitations are all in our heads anyways, at least when it comes to fashion. What's stopping us from making profligate style choices, even if for no one but ourselves?
Like Prada's past few digital runway shows, the presentation was followed by a discussion led by the co-creative directors. This time, Prada and Simons were joined by architect (and the show's set designer) Rem Kool Haas, acclaimed director Lee Daniels, actress Hunter Schafer, designer Marc Jacobs, and more, in a conversation moderated by Derek Blasberg.