Prada Spring 2019 - Runway Review
September 20, 2018
Miuccia Prada, fashion provocateur or cautious thinker? How about both? "Do you want to be a hashtag? Like in politics?" According to the designer, fashion shouldn't follow this simplification because "the more slogan you use, the less content there is." Both plain and psychedelic, the Spring 2019 collection laid out Prada's love of extremes between freedom and fantasy. That translated to the first half of the show rendered in all stiff, solid fabrics (satins and chiffons) and the second, in bold prints like tie-dyes, chainlike graphics and city- and country-scape pictorials.
Two distinct perspectives clearly emerged: the classic tough-chic austerity of short trapeze dresses, high-neck satin shirts and gorgeous coats juxtaposed with sheer shirtdresses worn over briefs, A-line skirts wrapped over plunging maillot swimsuits and sweaters boasting all forms of cut-outs. Yet for those who may have difficulty adhering to the Prada school of decorum, there were plenty of on-trend pieces that realigned the label back into the norms of simply covetable merch.