Miuccia Prada loves the mountains. They are the designer’s happy place. “Nature is healing to me personally”, she said.
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For her Fall/Winter 2021 Miu Miu film, Miuccia Prada used the alpine landscape of the Dolomites as a backdrop for a mountain adventure about women who set out on a journey through the mountains, “on a quest heading towards an unknown goal”. Using the outdoors as their respite, Prada’s girl gang took to the snowy peaks in sorbet-colored outerwear, whimsical craftsy knits and silk underthings.
Standout pieces included quilted ski suits in delicious pastel tones (strawberry, lavender, baby blue), worn with chunky knitted snoods, ski masks, and balaclavas. As well as remarkable embellished slip dresses, paired with chunky studded boots and arm-length ribbed gloves – a pragmatic spin on the current ‘opera gloves’ trend.
Vinyl puffer coats and vests were suitably Miu Miu-ified with smatterings of crystal on the shoulder – while sheer ribbed knit dresses, quilted bombers, and wide-leg felt trousers will prove perennial classics.“Daring but possible” is how the designer described the clothes, mentioning the spirit of women who dare to be fashionable whatever life throws them, and using skiing in a bikini as one example.
With the sportswear, Prada layered in softer lingerie-inspired pieces, including some of the loveliest satin slip dresses in a season full of them, bordered in crystals, with a 1920s flair, and a few prickly studs on the dainty shoulder straps, as well as crochet-embellished satin negligee tops that are sure to be influential. Adding street cred was a dramatic wool cape dusted with pearls, glittery sheer knits and cool knit-sherpa combination vests.
The film climaxed in a bonfire ritual in the snow. It felt pagan, like a love letter to the nature the world seems to have reconnected with over the past year, and gained new respect for.
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