The Prada spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection walked Milan Fashion Week’s runway with a simpler aesthetic than in past seasons. Miuccia Prada decided to display a certain level of restraint while not losing her personal style. As she put it, “Instead of exploring the history of women, which I have for a while, I decided to take care of now, the present, and trying to find elegance.”
In doing so, Prada is essentially refounding the basis to her brand; it was a throwback to the beginning days of the brand but also a reconfigured approach to the modern way of thinking. There was plenty of ’90s style thrown in without dwelling in the past, and there were also several throwbacks to ’20s/’30s fashion, as has been the penchant of the luxury fashion brand over the years.
The prints were graphic and the designs were minimalistic, which brought together the two vastly different fashion eras. The prints came at a series of great moments, in simple designs like midi dresses with fit-and-flare silhouettes and the ever-commonly recurring teeny shorts that appeared all over the collection. The bottoms even showed some aspects of ’40s fashion coming into play, with the interspersed high-waisted looks.
But if there is one aspect that stood out from everything else in the Prada spring 2017 collection, it was the feather trimmings that came in nearly every significant look. That took things a bit too far in some cases, taking away from the wearability of the garments, but at least the designer is staying true to her basic sense of aesthetic in individuality.
Although it was this that made some looks seem more akin to sleepwear than streetwear. She definitely didn’t use the fabric sparingly, putting fluff wherever her heart desired. So maybe this isn’t the most wearable collection to walk the fashion week stages, but it was certainly one of the most notable points through the month.
But it was during, or after, be it as it may, this show where we got to see a whole new side of Prada, as she actually took more than a brief moment to accept applause following the collection. She actually made it halfway down the runway, unlike her standard few steps before turning back around.
In creating a collection more focused on elegance and meaning, it would have been strange had she not chosen this moment to come out of her apparent shell. She found a way to shift back to her roots as a designer, try something new, and in the process clue the client base into a bit more of who she truly is as a designer and as a public figure. We all know Prada for its iconic lines of products, but it’s always nice to catch a glimpse of the woman behind it all.
Photos courtesy of Vogue