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Fashion
Published: 23 Feb 2018

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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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