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5 Things to Know About Prada’s SS22 Shows in Milan and Shanghai

5 Things to Know About Prada’s SS22 Shows in Milan and Shanghai

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Taking the “less is more” route, Prada’s SS22 collection explored the idea of seduction but in a rather subtle manner. Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons unveiled the collection titled Seduction, Stripped Down across two concurrent shows in Milan and Shanghai.
Here are five things to know about the Prada SS22 collection.
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1. It is a reimagination of historical ideas around seduction
The collection features historically prominent clothing associated with seduction reimagined in a way that is less restrictive and more fluid. This is showcased through the use of deconstructed elements such as corsets with boning and laces across jackets, gowns, and the placement of bra-like padding and wiring on knitwear.
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2. It juxtaposed eveningwear with daytime looks
The collection reimagines conventional evening wear while using elements central to it, to create a realistic contrast with everyday clothing. Think satin miniskirts with trains paired with jackets, pastel pink backless satin dresses, and fiery red lace gowns with corset bone detailing.
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3. It marked Raf Simon’s first physical runway show with Prada
Raf Simons took on the role of co-creative director of Prada, alongside Miuccia Prada in 2020. Following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, all of the subsequent collections have been unveiled digitally. With Covid-19 restrictions being eased worldwide, this is the duo’s first full-fledged in-person show.
Above, Milan; below, Shanghai
4. The set material from the shows will be upcycled
Following both Milan and Shanghai shows, the materials used on the set will be upcycled. They will be donated to both Meta and the Dandelion Child Development Center. Meta is a Milan-based circular economy project that creates sustainable solutions for waste disposal and the Dandelion Child Development Center is a Shanghai-based nonprofit that recycles materials to build libraries for children in need.
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5. Technology bridged the gap between the two concurrent shows
The collection was presented in two shows in Milan’s Deposito of the Fondazione Prada, and Shanghai’s Bund 1 with technology bridging the physical gap between them. “Synchronous and simultaneous views epitomize the modern world: we observe, interact and communicate in a multitude of manners,” the fashion house details in a statement. The unique unveiling of the collection brought two different audiences together as well as global audiences via the internet.
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Your Virtual Front Row Pass to Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons’ First Fall Show Together

Your Virtual Front Row Pass to Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons’ First Fall Show Together

Prada ready-to-wear spring/summer 2021. Courtesy of Prada

Milan Fashion Week kicked off yesterday with Kim Jones presenting his first ready-to-wear collection for Fendi. Today, February 25, designers Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada will debut their fall/winter 2021 womenswear collection for Prada.
The show is set to take place at 5pm GST today from an unknown location housing a set designed by Rem Koolhaas of AMO. The architect was also enlisted to design faux-fur-covered geometric rooms for Prada’s fall/winter 2021 menswear show, so viewers can expect a similar abstract set concept today. Like other shows this season, Prada will also not have a live audience. However, viewers tune into a conversation between Prada and Simons as the duo dives into the third installment of Prada Intersections. The conversation will feature virtual appearances from close friends of the fashion house like designer Marc Jacobs, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Lee Daniels, musician DJ Richie Hawtin, as well as Koolhaas, while YouTube head of fashion and beauty, Derek Blasberg, will moderate the event.
Tune in via the live stream below today, February 25, at 5pm GST, to watch the Prada fall/winter 2021 show in action.

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Now Available in Dubai, Miu Miu’s Upcycled Vintage Dresses are Wardrobe Treasures

Now Available in Dubai, Miu Miu’s Upcycled Vintage Dresses are Wardrobe Treasures

Seven out the 80 unique dresses at the Miu Miu boutique at The Dubai Mall. Photo: Courtesy of Miu Miu

Anyone who loves sourcing vintage clothing knows that wearing an item with history is a feeling unlike any other. Vintage finds are also the building blocks of a sustainable wardrobe, and when upcycled, can be pieces to treasure forever. Miuccia Prada is of the same mind, as she continues to champion sustainable fashion with the Upcycled by Miu Miu collection.
It is made up of 80 one-off vintage dresses that are reworked while still keeping the “memory” of the originals intact by preserving the fabric. The dresses are anonymous finds from the 30s and 80s, carefully sourced from vintage clothing stores and markets around the world. Every piece was then transformed as per the Miu Miu DNA, reflected in the use of the brand’s signature collar, bows, and embellishments. No two dresses are the same, and this is ensured by the painstaking hand-work on each of the pieces.

The collection is available across nine selected Miu Miu stores worldwide, however, seven out of the 80 dresses are being sold exclusively at the label’s boutique in Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall throughout February. If a shopper wishes to buy a dress outside of of the local selection, the boutique offers the option of placing a special order and then transferring the piece.
The designs were unveiled towards the end of 2020, following the sustainability initiatives of a number of designers and labels including Maison Margiela’s upcycled ‘Recicla’ pieces, Gabriela Hearst’s appointment as Chloé’s creative director, and Coach’s reworked 70s bags to name a few. The collection is also one of Mrs Prada’s steps in maintaining a circular fashion system, with the designer launching the Prada Re-Nylon collection in 2019, which used econyl — a regenerated-nylon yarn crafted from reclaimed ocean plastics, and fishing nets.
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