Miuccia strikes again. Prada's Multiple Views video presentations offers a glimpse of the men's Spring Summer 2021 fashion show that never happened. Instead of a typical runway show in Milan, Prada posted the new men's and women's collection via short videos on Instagram, enlisting the skills of five talented global creatives: Terence Nance, Joanna Piotrowska, Martine Syms, Juergen Teller and Willy Vanderperre. Each captured a different perspectives of the spring collection, Prada's last as solo creative director.
More than ever, the style is neat and honest, using the essential colors: white, black, gray along with a few delicate prints and lace decorations for women. "In all honesty, I think our job as fashion stylists is to create clothes for people. This is really the value of our work, creating beautiful and intelligent clothes. This season we have focused on this idea: putting clothes at the center and giving value to the garments," says Miuccia Prada. "The clothes are simple - but with the concept of simplicity as an antidote to unnecessary complication. This is a moment that requires some seriousness, a moment to think and reflect on things. What do we do, what is fashion for, what are we here for? What is the contribution that fashion can make to a community?"
The men's silhouettes in this collection vary between sporty and formal to classic and futurist while retaining an overall refined and sharp look. The collection's few oversized outerwear coats are crafted with nylon and stretch materials that deviate from menswear' traditional suits. For the shantung dresses, the fabrics take on volumes and widths that appears almost couture. Among the looks presented, the most striking is the black suits: the offspring of a mixture between workwear's creased textures and techniques and tailored suits' linear and elegant silhouettes while also incorporating nylon, leathers, cotton, and iridescent fabrics.
"Since the collection pieces have a '60s feeling to them, I tried to include several references to cinema culture and surveillance/sousveillance from that time period and the present," says Martine Syms who directed Chapter IV. "I'm inspired by the way screens have come to make and unmake us—and what it means to be living, breathing, moving, fleshy things in a world full of them."
Prada's latest collection also features leather squared skirts and jackets, lightweight jersey for tracksuits and high waisted culottes, a single micro floral print, and a plethora of white shirts making the collection forever elegant and versatile. No heels are present but only rounded or pointed ballet flats along with tech fabric leggings that go past the heel. Prada delivers an honest tale composed of simple clothes that are suitable for dressing in our complex times. Where everything seems superfluous and distressing, Miuccia Prada returns to simplicity as the only way to endure.