The Italian house celebrates its signatures and presents them anew for its latest collection
For Fall/Winter 2022, Prada celebrates its heritage with a womenswear collection that sticks to the elegant basics: geometric silhouettes, high variety in material, and sartorial excellence throughout. Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons worked to create a modern tribute to the Italian house, which would revisit its signatures anachronistically, and all at once. “An ideology of Prada becomes an etymology of beauty,” reads the label’s press release. “And that is, centrally, the work of fashion—the process of defining the meaning of beauty, for today.”
The show was held in the depository at Fondazione Prada, Milan. The models donned knee-length skirts—half-sheer, half-opaque, decorated with beaded or sequined accents. Boxy ‘men’s’ suit jackets were softened with tufts of feathers at the shoulders, or a ring of fur at the hem. The footwear offering was nearly exclusively pointed-toe heels, and jacquard knits caught the eye.
The collection’s individual elements are classics, but that’s not to say there’s nothing fresh. Prada offered up a collision of fan favorites: “an inversion and challenge of materials, of embroideries, and of garments” that tied classic shapes to new colors and fabrics and accessories. “History is universal,” in the label’s words. “Within, inevitably, there is an archeology of Prada, investigation of the codifications and meanings evoked through appearance and approach.”