Prada RTW Fall 2023 Runway Report puts our stamp of approval on this wearable collection with a piece for every type of woman, from the youthful vixen, and career women to mature women with extra sauce. Uniform dressing put Miuccia Prada on the fashion map, and Raf Simons has given it a fresh contemporary twist with more flowers to add that lil touch.
Prada RTW Fall 2023
“What’s important to me at this moment is to value simple [work]…not only to value glamour, but the beauty of simple garments,” Prada said, hinting that everyday heroes like nurses and military personnel were the starting points for the women’s collection.
As a fashion concept, uniform dressing is clean, minimal and tailored. Yet, today we modern fashionistas want to buy and wear — and keep wearing — real clothes. It’s because there is an appeal for more luxurious sustainability. We are paring down to less and better in a time of digital sensory surplus caused in no small part by those same influencers sitting in the Prada front row.
Nevertheless, in Prada’s case, uniform dressing is as much a part of the brand heritage as the triangle logo. The nylon-dressed utilitarian look put Miuccia on the fashion map in the minimalist 1990s. It was mature for reimagining for a new generation, this time with the added couture sensibility of Simons. Plus, a logo that is less in your face and more of private members identifying the Prada gang. Runway Report
In their hands, the concept sparked a stellar, item-driven collection with nods to “uniforms of people that care; caring was important,” Simons said.
If the brand has been selling many Cleo bags and Chocolate loafers, it will start selling many clothes, too, after this collection stuffed full of neo-classic Prada wardrobing pieces.
Several military shirtdresses and nurse-white shirtdresses were cut close to the body with epaulette, flap pocket or logo details and gorgeous fishtail trains. Pointed collars buttoned into jackets or cardigans carried over from the men’s collection, as did the outerwear, which they evolved architecturally, from charming military-styled wool short capes to boxy blazers with spongy, shiny surfaces.
The now omnipresent down jacket was cropped and shrunken to ladylike perfection over a pencil skirt, or there was a white puffer micro miniskirt for the Aspen set. Meanwhile, the humble Army green jacket and navy toggle coat became couture-like, tapered to the knee with sculpted cocoon backs.
“It’s respect for working people, for their jobs,” Prada said.
Now if only we could all afford daily couture, too. We are obsessed with this collection! Cop or not?
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