Taking the “less is more” route, Prada’s SS22 collection explored the idea of seduction but in a rather subtle manner. Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons unveiled the collection titled Seduction, Stripped Down across two concurrent shows in Milan and Shanghai.
Here are five things to know about the Prada SS22 collection.
1. It is a reimagination of historical ideas around seduction
The collection features historically prominent clothing associated with seduction reimagined in a way that is less restrictive and more fluid. This is showcased through the use of deconstructed elements such as corsets with boning and laces across jackets, gowns, and the placement of bra-like padding and wiring on knitwear.
2. It juxtaposed eveningwear with daytime looks
The collection reimagines conventional evening wear while using elements central to it, to create a realistic contrast with everyday clothing. Think satin miniskirts with trains paired with jackets, pastel pink backless satin dresses, and fiery red lace gowns with corset bone detailing.
3. It marked Raf Simon’s first physical runway show with Prada
Raf Simons took on the role of co-creative director of Prada, alongside Miuccia Prada in 2020. Following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, all of the subsequent collections have been unveiled digitally. With Covid-19 restrictions being eased worldwide, this is the duo’s first full-fledged in-person show.
4. The set material from the shows will be upcycled
Following both Milan and Shanghai shows, the materials used on the set will be upcycled. They will be donated to both Meta and the Dandelion Child Development Center. Meta is a Milan-based circular economy project that creates sustainable solutions for waste disposal and the Dandelion Child Development Center is a Shanghai-based nonprofit that recycles materials to build libraries for children in need.
5. Technology bridged the gap between the two concurrent shows
The collection was presented in two shows in Milan’s Deposito of the Fondazione Prada, and Shanghai’s Bund 1 with technology bridging the physical gap between them. “Synchronous and simultaneous views epitomize the modern world: we observe, interact and communicate in a multitude of manners,” the fashion house details in a statement. The unique unveiling of the collection brought two different audiences together as well as global audiences via the internet.