Mr Porter x Prada: The exclusive capsule collection inspired by bowling culture drops today
They're not exactly the most stylish crowd in the room. Even in their arena where they should feel most at home, bowling gents rarely are cheered on by the kind of fan base they deserve. The legitimacy of the game as a real sport, often questioned, if not mocked as a recreational activity favoured by obnoxious college kids, boring parents and the retired community.
No more, Miuccia Prada says. No more. Set to roll out the 1950s and 1980s inspirations to the fore — and simultaneously toss tired stereotypes into the gutter — a 32-piece ready-to-wear capsule collection with Mr Porter taken after the yesteryear uniforms of bowlers.
Think: camp-collar shirts in Hawaiian and cartoon prints, also rendered in madras and gingham checks; mid-century block-panelled stripe cardigans and knit T-shirts; satin and suede blouson jackets; pleated and flat-front trousers; and polo shirts. The mohair bi-colour wool blazer was made for those with a killer 7-10 split; wear it knowing the high expectations laid upon you.
For those "obnoxious college kids" still clingy with their streetwear? Two printed T-shirts with exclusive bowling logos and cap-toe sneakers in nubuck and deer skin. Loafers, creeper and cap-toe Derbies complete the collection.