A/W 18/19 Influencer Show: Prada
Miuccia Prada has seen the future and it’s looking bright – despite the dark, dystopian undertone of her A/W 18/19 womenswear collection.
Riffing on the utilitarian vibe recently shown for A/W 18/19 Menswear, Prada revisited the iconic 90s Pocono nylon for a futuristic take on simple, uniform-inspired silhouettes. These were brilliantly reconfigured in the season’s full-on palette of vivid brights.
Rubberised badges and photographic identity labels confirmed the mood for a uniform approach to dressing. This was countered with a frisson of neon organza – seen as overlays, infills on bustier cocktail dresses, trailing as raw-edged underslips and pussycat bows.
The collection gave a nod to the season’s emerging mood for colourful amplified tweeds, masculine suiting checks and playful plaids, all worked with revamped Fair Isles or compact neon knits. There was a futuristic appeal in the season’s signature prints too, coming as light-saturated neon blobs on black grounds or abstracted florals, as though viewed through raindrops.
Boxy shearling coats and Velcro-trimmed construction worker vests played the menswear card, offset with modest infilled bustier tops and organza-encased, bubble-hemmed dresses. Meanwhile, eye-searing plastic paillettes and fringing and cutesy appliqued plastic charms brought a quirkier feel into play.
That playful note extended to the must-have accessory pieces. Think neon nylon envelope bags and chain-handled purses, white rubber surgical boots with cleated soles, sheer socks, nylon drawstring ankle warmers and long neon gloves – or the cute stencil motifs of dinosaurs, monkeys and robots that adorned bags.
Need to know:
- Uniform dressing with a futuristic edge
- Neon-coloured Pococo nylon
- Light-infused prints
- Organza, tweed and checks