When it comes to holding up a mirror to the present day, no one does it better than the visionary and founder of intellectual fashion Miuccia Prada.
By Radhina Almeida Coutinho
When Miuccia Prada presented the Fall-Winter 2016 collection of her eponymous label at Milan Fashion Week, it seemed as if she transported an entire human city in flight straight onto the catwalk. The thrown-together look of the ensembles was palpable – long coats belted over brocade gowns, cagoules paraded alongside fur coats, hemmed trousers cut as though the wearer expected to walk through a damp field, sneaker-clad feet tramping alongside leather dress shoes.
The overall image would have seemed unsettlingly familiar to those we have watched repeatedly on our television screens in recent months – that of a crowd on the move.
But then Miuccia Prada has never shied away from tackling the issues of today. Her boundary-pushing aesthetic, bordering at times on the avant-garde, is deeply rooted in the reality of these tumultuous times we live in.
“We need to understand who we are now…Maybe it’s useful to look back to the different characteristic moments, difficulties, love, no love, pain, happiness... this was the main concept,” said Mrs. Prada.
The overall impression is one of world-weary individuals who had journeyed through the rough and had emerged on the other side.