Referencing the Vienna Secession, Miuccia Prada responds to political unrest with her signature wit.
Prada’s Fall 2020 menswear collection takes reference from the Vienna Secession, founded by artist Gustav Klimt and designer Koloman Moser, an era rife with artistic innovation and seismic cultural shifts. The geometric prints featured on knits vests and dress shirts riff on Moser’s patterns for tapestries and furniture. But Miuccia Prada’s artful workwear, updated with oversized shoulders and paired with galoshes fit for the nuclear winter, are of an era where artistry and practicality meet out of necessity.
Mrs. Prada reimagined several quintessential workwear uniforms. Power suits are layered in deep saturated gem tones and earthy neutrals. Sleeveless dress shirts paired with the Moser-printed vests. Cuffed trousers sport bold racing stripes and bootstraps alongside shearling-lined vests overcoats accented with bone toggle closures for an equestrian, English heritage finish.
Like several of the shows this menswear season, Prada was preoccupied with responding to an overwhelming climate of political and social unrest. Following the show, Mrs. Prada spoke of finding refuge in a practice of practical optimism, the value to be found in work well done, and tapping into the exceptional power within ourselves.