Prada Autumn/Winter 2020 Show Report

Chidozie Obasi

An atmosphere of heroism swelled the ambience of Milan on June 12, finding two Palladian-proportioned arched piazzas, which, in the middle of each held a stature of a man on a horse on a podium that echoed 19th-century heroism.


And there’s more to it. The horse and rider were crafted with cardboard dinosaur statues, with a resemblance of kids’ statues, inflating anonymity. Detail which allows us to canter onto the clothing part. You’re welcome.

Prada’s narrative featured a sleekly-bared man, nearly, tapping at notch-collared buttoned-up topcoats at the end, soothing Mrs. Prada’s edge ahead of the new century. And between the interchanging styles, Madam Miuccia indicated a fresh view in the name of tradition and innovation, executing a three-piece suiting and mismatched tailored references in different key of volume and shapes. The core transition is traceable in mid-calf boots and oversized corduroy jackets, combining the Prada hipster with a more technical-aligned category of menswear that blended the likes of graphics and fastenings. Structure had its moment, particularly seen in baggy pants tucked into beaten lather, formalising the holistic take on the latter part of the collection.

But if we’re nodding back to that equestrian element, was the show a symbol of modernist heroism of luxury? Perhaps the set design wanted to convey something. Correct, something yet to be told.


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