Sustainability is the Now in Prada’s Fall/Winter 2021 Runway Show
Endless possibility and the idea of transformation is what inspired the Prada Fall/Winter 2021 Womenswear collection. Designed by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, the pieces express an energetic timelessness in sync with the brand’s recognizable silhouette and structure.
Simplicity and complexity are played upon in addition to complexity, elegance and practicalness. Fitted bodysuits can be found as a replacement to exposed skin—a particular stretch jacquard-knit comes to memory. Skirts and dresses feature pleats and gathers whilst tailored suits showcase interesting vents, further pressing the idea of physical freedom and unconstraint.
The clothes range from large scale ornate designs to function-first, however the tie in remains with their re-imagined offerings such as bright colors and new fabrications including faux fur and sequins. Although these elements elevate, they’re paired beautifully with classic familiarity.Prada re-envisioned how to approach embellishments and texture via structural and economical risks that paid off when looking through the genderless collection as a whole.
The space itself is luxurious and quite inviting with its yards of faux fur and marble accents by Rem Koolhaas and AMO. Original music created the background soundscape, by Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman.
Like the Prada Fall/Winter 2021 Menswear show, there were ambitions to utilize repurposed furnishings. The fabrics will find new life beyond the runway as the scraps will be used to produce special installations and pop-ups around the world. After the public has had time to consume, the materials will ultimately be donated to Meta, an economy project based in Milan that offers sustainable resolutions for waste disposal. Meta works in collaboration with La Réserve des arts—an association that serves to recover raw materials and decorative waste from various runway shows and makes them available to professional and students with the cultural sector.