Five thoughts on Miu Miu's autumn/winter 2021 runway show in the Dolomites
Up in the mountains
At a time where freedom and a sense of adventure are sorely missed in the world due to a global pandemic, Miu Miu opted to showcase the natural wonders of northeastern Italy's Dolomites mountain range. With her conceptualisation of the 'Miu Miu Mountain Club' in tow, creative director Miuccia Prada crafted a collection that stood out against the snowy white canvas of the Cortina d'Ampezzo and made perfect functional sense in that kind of winter landscape.
It was snow and mountain gear elevated like never before
The Miu Miu autumn/winter 2021 opening look gave it all away — the collection was Mrs Prada's take on functional winter gear but the likes of which we have yet to see from Miu Miu. That opening look consisted of a shearling-lined, quilted winter suit (in baby blue silk taffeta) worn over a crochet-and-silk nude slip, and then generously accessorised with rakish faux fur boots, mittens and bag, as well as a knit skit helmet and scarf. Still utilitarian in nature but interpreted in the most Miu Miu of combinations.
There was an undeniably warrior-like quality
Take a closer look and you'd notice the knight-esque inspirations that were part of an overarching theme to the collection. The most literal translations were in the form of those knitted ski helmets that were designed with a movable visor right across the mouth. And when they weren't knitted in such a way, the more simplistic versions took on the form of chainmail armour that knights would've worn over their heads. But beyond the headgear, there were other elements that alluded to knighthood, such as slip dresses in fine-gauge wool (chainmail) and heavily padded jumpsuits that resembled full-blown body armour.
The boots, there were made for bashing through the snow
Heavy-duty boots were a fixture throughout the entire collection and for good reason. The models were walking on thick snow after all. While the boots ranged from the more modest high-cut hiking boots to the dramatic faux fur ones that looked as though they were stripped right off of Chewbacca (a gory image but you get it), it was the knee-high lace-ups that caught our attention. They were affixed with thick soles that were colour matched for a seamless visual and then topped off with chunky hardware for that edgy combination that Miu Miu is loved for.
A motif that may have been inspired by Raf Simons at Prada
If you've seen the Prada autumn/winter 2021 show that was done in collaboration with Raf Simons, you may have noticed that gloves are proving to be the accessory for the season. And that element may have inspired Mrs Prada's logo-laden option for Miu Miu's autumn/winter 2021 collection. Here, they resembled more of ski gloves as opposed to Prada's glove-purse hybrid, but equally fashioned in bold colours and branding that we rarely see from Miu Miu.
The community spirit was also strong with this one
The Miu Miu autumn/winter 2021 show ended with the models walking towards a clearing at dusk, circling around a bonfire. At once, the mood changed from one of exploration and light to a warm gathering of a diverse community of sisters. It was a combination of all that we clamoured for most during these uncertain times — freedom, ambition, comfort, and a sense of community.