PRADA’S THROW FORWARD TO TH E L ATE ’70s.
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