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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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Forget the Mini Bag, Prada Presents its Most Ingenious ‘Handbag’ Yet

Forget the Mini Bag, Prada Presents its Most Ingenious ‘Handbag’ Yet

As 2021 shapes up to be the year that we return to the dancefloor, Mrs Prada and Raf Simons were on hand to deliver a chic memorandum on how to dress up for the club. If, like us, you’ve forgotten how to wear anything that’s not elasticated, Prada’s FW21 collection will offer a succinct sartorial guide. Note the sequin-coated slips (guaranteed to shimmer when you dance), the swaddling nylon and faux-fur coats (ideal to ward off the chill while you wait for the Uber) and the throbbing Richie Hawtin soundtrack.
The ingenious, finishing touch? A haute glove purse that will see you bypass the coat check and go entirely ‘hands-free’. From zinging geometric opera gloves (styled with faux-fur shawls, cinching polo-neck knit catsuits and plunging sweater dresses) to neat gauntlets — the practical pouches we’ve all been hooked on ever since the rebirth of the bum bag (circa 2017) have undergone an alluring overhaul. (Think: Hitchcock heroine does Berghain).
Granted, there’s just enough room for a lip balm plus a single house key and certainly no space for a smartphone. Which is perhaps the most powerful Prada-Simons addendum of all — the suggestion that when we return to the dancefloor this fall, we can leave the content-making at home and just enjoy the moment. Something Marc Jacobs referred to in the post-show round table as “the art of living”.
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Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

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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Who is Pieter Mulier, the New Creative Director of Alaïa?

Who is Pieter Mulier, the New Creative Director of Alaïa?

Pieter Mulier. Photo: Pierre Debusschere

The name Pieter Mulier will be familiar to true fashion obsessives. The Belgian designer has had a hand in some of the most influential collections of the past 20 years, having started his career as an intern at Raf Simons’s eponymous brand in the early aughts and risen to become Simons’s righthand at Jil Sander and Christian Dior. When Simons was appointed the chief creative officer of Calvin Klein in 2016, Mulier was installed as his number two, with the title of creative director of womenswear.
But for many outside the industry, Mulier’s name and work might be less known. Maybe that makes him a perfect fit for Alaïa, founded by the Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaïa in Paris in 1980. The maison has long done things its own way, shying away from the fashion calendar and only showing a collection when it was deemed ready by Alaïa himself. Fans of the 2014 documentary Dior and I, which chronicled the making Simons’s first Dior Haute Couture collection, will find in Mulier a similar attention to detail and care.
Here, a breakdown of everything you need to know about Alaïa’s new creative director.
Mulier Isn’t Formally Trained in Fashion Design
Born in Belgium, Mulier studied at the Institut Saint-Luc in Brussels, a university that has produced an astounding amount of comic book artists and illustrators. Mulier, instead, studied architecture. His mentor Raf Simons studied industrial design at Genk’s LUCA School of Arts.
Raf Simons and Pieter Mulier take a bow after the Calvin Klein fall 2017 runway show in New York. Photo: Getty Images

Mulier Is Really, Truly Simons’s Right Hand
Thanks to Instagram, we know that Mulier started interning at Raf Simons amid the making of the brand’s fall 2002 Virginia Creeper collection. Since then, Mulier has been a constant presence by Simons’s side. He became the brand’s head designer by 2003, overseeing its menswear collections until 2010. From 2006 to 2009, he consulted at Jil Sander, where Simons was creative director, joining Jil Sander full-time in 2010. When Simons left Jil Sander in 2012, Mulier went with him; they took up residence at Christian Dior less than a year later.
“It evolved from being colleagues to a friendship now. I always think it’s like a ping-pong game,” Mulier told Another magazine in 2015 of his relationship with Simons. “He taught me a lot about art—you know his references are a lot of art and architecture—and luckily this is also my background, so this helps, and I think it works in both ways.”
But Mulier Did Not Join Prada With Raf Simons
When the pair’s stint at Calvin Klein ended in 2018, they returned to Antwerp. But while Simons worked on his eponymous label, Mulier seemed to be recalibrating. When the former was named Miuccia Prada’s co-collaborator at Prada in February 2020, the latter was not part of the deal, to the surprise of industry insiders. Many assumed a plum job was on the horizon, though it was Mulier’s partner, Matthieu Blazy, who made headlines with his appointment as the womenswear creative director at Bottega Veneta. Maybe we didn’t have our ears close enough to the ground: After nearly two years at home in Antwerp, Mulier is assuming one of the most coveted jobs in Paris, stepping into the shoes of a true master.
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Originally published on Vogue.com

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