Spring 2021 Ready to Wear
Pictures by Prada
THE UNIFORM OF STYLE
Welcome to the New Prada
When the news broke back in February that Raf Simons was to join Miuccia Prada as co-designer of her eponymous label, the fashion industry and fans all over the world were abuzz with excitement and anticipation. What would a collaboration between one of the most beloved, feminist Italian designers, and the edgy, modern esthetic of Belgium’s pride and joy look like? Their first show was predicted to be the event of the season, that is until the ugly reality of the Coronavirus reared it’s head, restricting time spent together in person and regulating the number of people that can be in one space. The result was a digital show, streamed online, followed by a conversation between the two powerhouse designers where they answered pre-submitted questions and spoke on the future of their collaboration.
The collection was a perfect alliance between the two, rife with past references, and inspired by the concept of a uniform in the sense that women need a basic foundation from which to build their wardrobe. The show opened with monochromatic separates in black, white, and a few pops of pink and yellow. Pants were tailored and straight-legged, resting atop pointed toe kitten heels, shown in a variety of colors. Tops were embellished with the ubiquitous Prada triangle logo, prominently displayed below the neckline. Springtime trench coats were held closed by the model’s clutching fist, a display both designers have previously used in past collections. Swinging ’50s poodle skirts were topped with sweaters punched open with holes, a continuation of a thought Simons began while at Calvin Klein. Graphic black prints, provided by Simons’ longtime collaborator Peter de Potter, appeared on candy-colored satin dresses with unmistakable Prada silhouettes, a collection of white, hooded sweatshirts paired with swinging, white skirts (street style meets modest lady), and also on outfits made from the ’90s “ugly” Prada print collection. Three voluminous coats in different colors and patterns appeared toward the end, providing a different shape to the collection of traditional outerwear.
The clothing shown in this collection was rooted in the idea of simplicity, which was a metaphor for the start of the collaboration between Prada and Simons. They are both established and beloved for different reasons, but coming together marks a new era, one that needed to start with a fresh outlook. In keeping with that theme, it is worth noting that each model appearing in the show was also making their runway debut, fresh-faced and brand new, yet sure to see their careers blossom after this point, a perfect tribute to the start of a new Prada.
Written by Elizabeth Kramsky