In 1984, the brand introduced a line of bags in “Pocone” nylon, a material that before this collection, wasn’t generally used in a high fashion context. For yesterday’s Fall 2018 menswear collection, Prada has returned to their Sporty Spice roots.
The brand became famous for their Vela backpack and miniature bags even though they rarely appeared on the runway. Now they’re back — and proudly so — with the bags appearing on the runway for the label’s women’s spring 2018 collection. The collection veered delightfully from sleek black nylon to Guy Fieri-fire-blazing shirt craziness, or as Vogue’s Luke Leitch described it, “Bucket hats, padded shirts, and shorts printed with a mixed-up mishmash of past Prada prints—lipstick, banana, flames, and more—altered the atmosphere from monastic workwear to Hunter S. Thompson-esque casual extravagance.”
Prada’s cult-favorite Linea Rossa was also recalled in this collection — futuristic activewear with the signature red rubber branding. The surreal artistic patterned shirts and skirts were the perfect complimentary microdoses to the show. Rem Koolhaas, Konstantin Grcic, and more designed pieces for the show.
And then, last but not least, Miuccia Prada’s musing ended the show rather perfectly: “So many people say that beauty will save the world, but I don’t believe so. The world will be saved by intelligence and humanity and generosity—and possibly love. But of course the aesthetic world helps, a little.”
See the full collection here on Vogue.com.