Dear Shaded Viewers,
Cinema is familiar territory for co-designers Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons. After having explored the realm of film in their own fashion brands, the creative duo called upon 10 actors, including Kyle MacLachlan and Jeff Goldblum, to model for their latest fall winter 22 menswear show.
Titled “Body of Work” the show appeared to feature cinematic elements from the Space Odyssey and Blade Runner, as models came out on the zig-zaged stage from what looked like a futuristic space station, a starry parade began to celebrate Prada’s vision for modernised workwear and utilitarian uniforms.
“We were thinking about meaningful fashion, pieces that make sense. Clothes that make people feel important. The collection celebrates the idea of working—in all different spheres and meanings. It is a practical, everyday thing. But here, you are formally important. You are not casual.” the designers expressed in the show notes.
The collection included futuristic jumpsuits in metallic pastels, with some models carrying briefcases, as if they were on their way to work. Bomber jackets were tightened around the waist while leather trench coats featured power shoulders, enhancing the masculine codes of workwear. Big-break pants, gloves, turtlenecks gave hints of colours that were peeking under the tailored silhouettes. The sharpness of double-breasted coats were softened with faux-fur arm bands, offering warmth and mystery to the cocooned fits.
Everything in the collection was balanced out… nothing overdone, nothing underdone. They say the devil is in the details, but for this line-up, Prada is in the details, sounds more suitable.