GQ (Australia) - - STYLE -

Trust Mi­uc­cia Prada to rewind the clock when the world is look­ing to the fu­ture. For the AW17 sea­son, nos­tal­gia was play­ing on her mind, as psy­che­delic sep­a­rates walked on an aptly se­lected beat­nik line-up. The col­lec­tion is charm­ingly un­pol­ished and un­apolo­getic, a sig­na­ture Mi­uc­cia trait that sees the de­signer push­ing the lim­its be­tween fash­ion and fun – but this could be her most wear­able yet. Muted tones of mus­tard and burnt orange in retro tex­tures of cor­duroy, leather and shear­ling wouldn’t go a miss on Dirk Dig­gler, but de­tailed accessories dif­fer­en­ti­ate the col­lec­tion from a typ­i­cal retro re­vival – furry buck­les weave through high-cut belt loops, while luxe an­gora socks scrunch above sig­na­ture chunky footwear. Wa­ter­colour scenes splayed across knit­ted jumpers are a rich throw­back to the hey­days of Mi­uc­cia’s sun­drenched Mi­lano youth, and it’s th­ese knits that draw the eye. It’s an ode not to the mas­ter painters that once were, but to the ‘Sun­day painters’ who line the rail­ing of parks with their work. Look closer to see the tech­ni­cal as­pect re­flects an ad­vanced dig­i­tal process (cross-print­ing) that al­lows for un­in­ter­rupted de­sign on an oth­er­wise tricky-to-nav­i­gate fab­ric. It’s proof that even the pow­er­houses are pushed to take a shaggy-sneaker step into the fu­ture ev­ery once in a while. AN­GORA KNIT, $1520; PRADA.COM

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