Exploring the everyday with trademark artful lightness, the new Prada collection explores the beauty of the banal
If Miuccia Prada has her way next season, there will be a lot of men walking around sweetly dishevelled, with their shirt collars half tucked in. And you’ll look twice to realise it.
Playing with the banal for AW13, Prada put her perfect, pedestrian collection in the context of home – brilliantly realised set-ups of the type of design boys like, backdropped by scenes of high-rise living and cats walking across the windowsill. The cerebral charm here came through what we recognise and how we live in the everyday, striving to make our surroundings our own little urban palace, with the right feature table and chair to feel content. Our little life victories within a world beyond our control.
Here were the clothes to go with that idea, covetable and rewarding without being show off, in a stimulating colour palette that ignored the stranglehold of black and grey elsewhere. Clothes for having a cup of tea in, clothes for listening to a record in, clothes for going down the pub in – and footwear which looks like its protagonist hasn’t quite reached the pinnacle of their comfortable existence yet, reminiscent of a boy wearing his dad’s size-too-big shoes, leaving plenty of growing room, plenty of reason to keep on carrying on.