One house, 59 looks and five interpretations. Titled ‘The Show That Never Happened’ (perhaps in real life), occurred five times over on Wednesday as journalists, buyers, stylists, influencers and fans of Prada squinted over a computer screen in different corners of the globe. No one needs reminding of how we came to this position, the future of fashion week uncertain for some time to come, but it is these myriad of views that almost represent the myriad of people who came to be sitting in front of a screen, instead of a runway.
Through the viewpoint of artists Terence Nance, Joanna Piotrowska, Martine Syms, Juergen Teller and Willy Vanderperre, each proposed a presentation which captured a facet of the Prada Spring/Summer 2021 collection. Despite the execution being a digital first for the Italian fashion house, the five films echo that of a traditional runway show; each observer and guest of such event has their own physical and ideological vantage-point on the collection, their own opinions, their own observations. Whilst a livestream from the comforts of home also provide its own distractions, the short films, reminiscent to art cinema was engaging, thought provoking and mystical in its delivery.
As any successful runway achieves, attention was drawn to the clothes. Unlike seasons past where trends of the industry were so heavily engrained in flashy prints, obnoxious logos and ugly sneakers, clean tailoring and wearable silhouettes has seen a welcomed resurgence. The colour palette across the men’s and women’s styles were predominantly black, greys and whites, while floral print and pastel pink was lightly peppered throughout the collection. During an era where we question our own individual consumerism, Prada Spring/Summer 2021 has gone within its own designs for simplicity and longevity. “As times become increasingly complex, clothes become straightforward, unostentatious, machines for living and tools for action and activity”, the show notes read.
Two themes make up the forthcoming collection. One is formality and classicism, where silhouettes are sharp and pronounced, wearable and essential. Technologically innovative fabrications of Prada nylon and stretch materials juxtaposed with traditional suiting. And the latter being sportswear, drawn from Linea Rossa, where technically innovative, function dictating form is presented in a contrast to the looks shown before.
View key looks below.