Raf Simons’ Prada Debut

After months of anticipation , Prada’s first collection since their announcement of Raf Simons’ appointment as co-creative director alongside Miuccia Prada was presented for SS21. The collection was presented digitally and it ticked all the boxes of what one would imagine a Miuccia x Raf Simons collection would look like. The notions behind the collection was shaped by the idea behind it was the idea of uniformity. The collection touched on different definitions of what a uniform should look or feel like , both through the eyes of Raf Simons as well as well as Prada being visual representations of identity as well as a representation of shared values. Each look throughout the collection is carefully constructed, with elements of both designers being quite evident. It was like a painting of some sort — Miuccia gave one brush stroke, followed by Raf’s splash of paint which all came together to create a picture that was not extravagant or questionable , but rather solid and finished. There were pleated skirts paired blouses with holes, hoodies paired with pleated skirts and kitten heels and many other other elements that had evident traces of both designers. Many pieces throughout the collections are held in hand , or drawn around the body, artworks by Peter de Potter one of Raf’s long time collaborators were transformed into prints but it also saw a revisiting or some of Prada’s archival prints. This collection is a perfect harmony, orchestrated with equal effort, perfectly setting the ground for that which is to come

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