Prada – Autum Winter 2021 Men’s – MFW text by Ivo Barraza Castaneda

The joke says: “how many big name fashion designers does it take to make one good collection”. The answer in the Prada’s case is definitely two. This menswear fall 2021 collection is the second one directed by both Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada. The result is an energized new Prada. The brand provides its original sense of the bourgeoisie and a generous budget to make things happen. Raf Simons adds a sensation of newness, a refined beauty that does not depend on hierarchical canons. I dare to make up this formula based on the fact that most of the collection’s range has been completely traced out from the Raf Simons men’s collection. The exchange is worth it though. Prada fills the gaps of an independently produced designer collection. Where in Raf Simons you would usually find re-proposed object for stylistic reasons (like stockings used as scarves or anything you can find if you look closer in his collection), at Prada this re-proposed item will be a fully developed accessory, like the breathtaking gloves who are at the same time a tiny bag.

The collection smoothly tempts different fashion ideas, from staying at home onesies to very fashion forward oversized pieces and some traditional garments to let the more classical Prada costumer know he is not forgotten. The colors are bright, it’s starting to seem like a trend! And the most curious of gestures is the very skinny silhouette introduced in the collection. Very surprising considering fashion’s current passion for oversized.



Ivo Barraza Castaneda

Hello, my name is Ivo. My three favorite things in life are: Thinking deeply about visual creation. I like having long discussions of ideas that might reinvent the course of history. And finally, spending time with the people I love. Since I was a child, I was always involved in some activity around plastic arts, music and literature. That’s how I learned to sew by hand at the age of five, which later led me to focus on my main professional media: Fashion Design.