Prada’s Spring/Summer 2022 collection co-signed by Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada focused on post-pandemic life, presenting the collection through a video partly shot at the south-eastern point of Sardinia, on the coast of Capo Carbonara, an area where the house is funding the reforestation of marine ecosystems, and in Milan at the Prada Foundation.
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A yearning for the outdoors, this is what emerges from this collection filled with a light spirit. The collection has been designed for a seamless transition from the indoors to the outdoors, emphasizing the need to live in the present and the joy of everyday life. “The world is so complicated – so overcomplicated – we can lose the essence of human life. This is an idea I have been interested in for a number of seasons, and which we have been exploring in different ways”, said Miuccia Prada in the notes sent to reviewers after the show. Before continuing: “The notion that living your life can be a euphoric experience. Much joy can come out of something so simple: when times are complicated, we are searching for simple, direct joys. An innocence.”
The summer theme was expressed in the liberation of the skin, in particular through a range of plain and printed skorts that will probably be remembered as the defining garment of this collection but which also echoed those of Spring/Summer ’17 womenswear. There was also an obvious emphasis on hoodies dressed in summer-ready floral patterns, airy and square-necked tank tops, relaxed pants, and rompers showed geometric and nautical prints – an obvious throwback to childhood.
“The primary feeling is one of joy. It’s almost like that memory of a child, the joy of a child going to the beach. The simplest and most honest of pleasures. In all its simpleness, it’s also something very meaningful and timeless”, explained Raf Simons.
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