Sartorial curation and ‘simplicity as a choice’ was Miuccia Prada’s big idea for the brand’s latest season. “It was about clothes that people could really wear, but with an impact. That for us is fashion, now.” Raf Simons, Prada’s new right-hand man agreed, categorizing the collection as “the idea of ‘normal’ clothing.” The combination of these ordinary pieces, however, in an uncanny fashion was what made them stand out: a beige car-coat worn over a pair of double-zipped leather shorts; fetish meets fisherman. “There’s a kind of anti-logic to the combination of the clothes, an oddness,” said Simons.
They appear simple but are the result of a process of choice,” said Prada. “There are hundreds of coats, why is this the right one?” Archival examples of checkered patterns were also unearthed, collated, and drilled down to an assemblage of patterns that felt right. In a sense, it’s a different process of design – “curation” is how Prada and Simons described it, celebrating the notion of decision and choice, as well as the notion of intention, not just creation.
As a whole, this season at Prada served as a reminder of the importance of the designer, and their incomparable influence on the world around us. It’s their job to make those decisions, to curate our world.
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He is a photography aficionado, fashion enthusiast, avid Lana Del Rey fan, and lover of all things aesthetically pleasing.