On the third day of Milan Fashion Week 2021, all eyes are on Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada. Here is the debut of their first men’s collection designed by four hands. In the recent interview with The New York Times, the two creatives announced that for fall/winter 2021, men would dress just like the woman of spring/summer. But it will differ in its more exciting, sensual, and even more essential attitude.
The conceptual soul is fully expressed, not only in terms of looks but also for the location. A succession of rooms representing a non-place where the combination of cold materials such as marble is broken by unusual soft, welcoming and colorful walls. Symbology of a conflicting emotional state, just like the one most people are experiencing now.
«We talked about experimentation and freedom, about the possibilities to explore with colors, surfaces, and sensations. The collection starts with the senses and sensibilities. Right now, we lack tactility to be able to touch things. The garments offer a reassuring sensation of humanity and sensoriality. There is a very intimate side to clothes, which refers to the nakedness of the body. It is about the human need for sensuality». Miuccia Prada’s words in describing the collection staged.
Contradictions are perhaps the most graphic element of the digital show, starting with the colors. Pastel colors, geometric patterns, and dark shades that overlap in a layering designed with a brush. The combination of fabrics also manifests the contrast. Stiff leather, soft wool, nylon, and technical fibers perfectly combine coats and oversized bomber jackets with very fine turtlenecks underneath.
In short, in its second test, the dialogue of the co-artistic direction, for Prada and Raf Simons, seems to work in all respects.