• Text Clementine Zawadzki
  • 22nd January 2015

Looking Beyond

The space was split into two separate rooms with interconnecting metal corridors, futuristic styling abundant from the runway to the brain synapse blow-up print on the walls, with the concept of ‘looking beyond’ what is comfortable, perceived as normal. Those angular holes in the metal gridded walls? Perhaps a symbol for the rigid, yet permeable nature of the relationship between men and women. This show, like the great Prada shows of the past few seasons featured both sexes.

The idea that femininity or masculinity is borrowed rather than born is a point of debate in most modern discussion and Miuccia Prada’s FW15 collection emulates this through free-shapes, boxy lines and minimalism to create wearable rhetoric. A self-assured take on what is unsure, projected through black nylon, grey hues and navy structured wear, with both cropped and long lines giving fluidity to the pieces. The concept cleverly articulated and juxtaposed by Prada’s design was almost ironic in women’s plunging necklines, belted waists and bow detailing. This collection went back to basics in a sense – the label is renowned for its signature black nylon goods – but it was far, far from basic in assembly or thought.