PRADA’s “Body of Work “
We have been told that art imitates life, and in this case, Prada exemplified it perfectly. Some of this season’s collections have marked the concept of reality as the main element. A new reality whose definition has been multifaceted, where there is not only one way to be able to live day by day. If we talk about multifacetedness, who better than actors to represent/portray the different shades of reality/life. Taking theatre and cinema as components for this collection, Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, presented in today’s fashion show at the Fondazione Prada Warehouse an augmented reality through the participation of 10 Hollywood actors of high renown: Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Asa Butterfield, Jeff Goldblum, Damson Idris, Kyle MacLachlan, Tom Mercier, Jaden Michael, Louis Partridge, Ashton Sanders, and Filippo Scotti.
Redefining this new reality, in the collection “everyday reality is valorized, its signs and signifiers exchanged with those of elegance and sophistication”. Such valorization pays homage to the one element that has been present in these times of turbulent change: human effort. With work, everyday life, and reality as the guiding themes, the clothes are impregnated with such a vision by having a formalism and a universal sartorial full of meaning and sophistication.
The garments, which come in a palette of colors that you could consider as representations of emotions, from the elegant, dramatic, and serious black, the red of love, passion, and emotion, the warm yellow-orange, and softness of pastel tones, emphasized by the stars of the show. From the interpretation of various roles, of rich characters, healthy and unhealthy, happy and sad, the collection captures the enduring value of human work, a body constructed by each of those who make up society.
JW ANDERSON: “Parties that never were, parties that will be”
The longing to return does not only have to be in formal matters, after all, but the human expression is also most appreciated when it shows itself naturally: excited, joyful, uninhibited to be able to celebrate its freedom. Through the imagery of celebration, the Men’s Autumn/Winter and Women’s Pre-Fall collections celebrate dressing up as an act of breaking down barriers, fantasy, and fun.
Sparkling tones and metallic shades, in harmony with the men’s and women’s collections, celebrate what makes each of us attractive and fun. Reflecting the impulsiveness, excitement, and improvisation of bringing to the party anything however eccentric it may seem, be it a pigeon or an elephant, all in the name of having a good time. Excited brusqueness, elements of a fragmented youth that transmutes.
ETRO‘s Magical Path
“Books are a uniquely portable magic,” said Stephen King. Etro also thought the same, but in its own way, as in its Fall/Winter ’22 collection, presented at Bocconi University adorned with three different paths of different colors, the magic of reading could be seen reflected in the garments and accessories.
Sometimes the best narrative is the one that is clear, simple, and direct (without being over-stated). The collection presented a clear narrative in its pieces; the shapes, colors, and patterns used in the pieces reflected a style of emotions…as if they were narrating a journey of excitement, fantasy and adventure. Between elements of north stars and anchors, winter flakes and mountains, wolves (referring to the Italian house’s conservation project) and roses, slippers with sheepskin patches, and wide corduroy trousers that reflected an overlay of different symbols intermingled with the vibrant colors that could be translated as a well-told narrative.