As part of Milan Digital Fashion Week Prada presented “Multiple Views SS21 The Show That Never Happened”, a collection for men and women that celebrates the different views of multiple creatives.
Prada Multiple Views SS21 by Martine Syms
As the name suggests, this collection was about taking a different approach with different views and interpretations. The collection, designed by Miuccia Prada, was broken into five chapters and each was brought to life by a different image maker or artists.
Prada partnered with five creatives who each propose a film, capturing the collection in the way they see it. Image makers Terence Nance, Joanna Piotrowska, Martine Syms, Juergen Teller and Willy Vanderperre each brought to life the offering with their own creative statement.
This approach was based on the idea of the way in which we all interpret the traditional fashion show in different ways. One thing can be seen differently through many people’s eyes and it is this angle that the designer wanted to highlight, thus enhancing the versatility and adaptability of the pieces.
The looks for men and women were simple in their colour and style with a longevity and sense of going back to basics. The collection focuses on the question of how clothes are worn, where and why.
These meanings can be complex especially today, at a time when clothes are worn in a number of different ways for more than one purpose.
The silhouette for men is sharp and narrow, fitted, with technologically innovative fabrications of Prada nylon and stretch materials juxtaposed with traditional suiting; for women, the same fabrics are given couture volumes and treatments. Essential pieces are given a new lease of life with a ‘less is more’ ideology.
We also saw very industrial outfits in classic fabrications, leathers, cottons, taffeta, and true sportswear, drawn from Linea Rossa, technically innovative, function dictating form.
At a time when the world has changed for so many of us, the collection feels quite fitting. Making it acceptable to combine daywear with workwear, prioritising comfort and functionality to create an offering that we can all really appreciate and find the space to wear at this current point in time.