Milan Men's Fashion Week SS16: Prada
Rabbits, rockets and race cars
Trust Miuccia Prada to deliver yet another trail-blazing show. Always the head and never the tail, her latest menswear offering was unlike any other at Milan men's fashion week to date; demarcated by it's confident use of iconography emblazoned over knit sweaters — rabbits, rockets and race cars — and the atypical styling of her garments.
A reminder that it's not what you wear, but how you wear it that matters... leather jackets in burnished burgundy and petrol blue were half-zipped and pulled back off the shoulders, shirts and tops were haphazardly half-tucked, and socks were layered (yes, layered) above ankle-cut Chelseas.
It was also time to show some skin... with the boys sporting shorts cut scandalously high above the knee in top-stitched grey wool and leather. The top-stitch detailing, a design remnant from Prada's spring 2014 collection, also found its way onto black single-breasted blazers and coats.
But it wasn't just about the men. Peppering the show with her women's resort collection, Mrs Prada revealed pencil skirts and snakeskin shifts adorned with graphic eyes and arrows, styled blithely under knee-length coats decked out in rustling paillettes.
The show venue was a work of art in its own right. Designed by architecture firm AMO, fibreglass and polycarbonate sheets hanging down from the ceiling as 'stalactites' were juxtaposed against the stark concrete flooring and elliptical benches as a way to "investigate the perception of continuous space." Design ethos aside, it's dystopian aesthetic served as the perfect backdrop to the post-modern punk collection.
Click on the slideshow below to view the full collection.
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