Runway Report: Prada SS18

Prada has seemingly always been on the forefront of revolutionary dialogues spoken through seasonal collections and the Spring Summer 2018 collection is expectedly following suit. The collection possessed a suit of activism, reoccurring throughout each look. “The show is a bit militant – I don’t think that women have achieved enough yet by far,” Miuccia Prada pronounced. In doing so, the collection was replete with dichotomies, and a willful nod to women cartoonists since the Thirties.

The collection was empowering, set to the Prada Headquarters, dominated by drawings and the work of women cartoonists and artists. Punk elements of the ‘60s and ‘70s came into sight in a streetstyle manner resemblant of New York and London, through Prada-colored glasses. Heavy studs and stacked belts adorned looks. Coats, jackets and cropped pants featured obvious creases.

Tailoring was essential throughout the collection and reiterated through big coats with ruched sleeves, oversized jackets and slick raincoats. In women’s ability to have it all, as seasonally confirmed by Miuccia Prada, the collection included both kitten-heel sling-backs and pointy, studded brogues. Prints were focused on animalia – whether be zebra, or leopard spots.

The collection was in it’s totality, very much comprised of the DNA of Miuccia Prada, sewn into the collections season after season. The designer’s strength, resilience and empowerment was present and took an energy of it’s own. “I am suggesting militant women in a very practical way,” Miuccia Prada explained. “Through clothes, which is what I do.”

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Jennifer Paccione is a fashion editor who shares her time between New York City and Milan. She has been featured and published with respected magazines internationally in various languages. She currently acts as contributing editor for publications including Bulgari Magazine, The Fashionable Lampoon, Fashion to Max and RedMilk Magazine, whilst having contributed for NYLON and Editorialist. Alongside journalism, Jennifer freelances as a social media and digital marketing advisor, having already worked with brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti and Philosophy, among many. Follow her on Instagram @jenniferpaccione