The Piano Factory, Prada’s US headquarters on the West side of Manhattan, provided a backdrop for their 2020 Resort show in the industrial building designed by Herzog & de Meuron by the banks of the River Hudson. Inside, a series of sculpted lounge type furniture that entwined itself around neon pink pillars gave the feeling of space, comfort, and coziness that helped offset the somewhat utilitarian space.
In her own words, Miuccia Prada served up a dose of, “seditious simplicity with a reinterpretation of classics. A contrast with the increased complexity of the world, pulling back to the sincere, pure and true, the collection proposes an unexpected means of subversion, elegance as sedition.”
The collection had an altogether puritan mood with traditional fabrics such as cotton poplins, drill, gabardine, leather and suede in a reserved color palette of navy, pale blue, white and beige offset by hints of red and baby pink.
Naif flower embroideries that could have taken reference from the Amish community were paired with boas made of paillettes with drop earrings and baroque inspired pearls over chunky cable knits in a way that only the artful touch of Miuccia Prada can.
It was a fresh change to see homespun values with a bohemian artisanal mood supported by friends of the house such as Sofia Coppola, Elle Fanning, Diane Kruger, Baz Luhrmann, Uma Thurman, and Naomi Watts among others.
Certainly, expectations from the resort shows have become somewhat competitive in the level of spectacle rather than letting the clothes speak for themselves which was why this felt so fresh in its ethos.
Overall what the collection focused on was a sense of the handmade and homage to tradition – perhaps a message from Miuccia to slow down and appreciate the beauty in craftsmanship and art that surrounds us in daily life. A lesson we could all benefit from.