Fall’s chic sailors have yielded to psychedelic mountain trekkers. Leave it to Miuccia Prada to pivot away from her inimitably chic takes on vintage and plunge into activewear. She hasn’t gone this deeply into nylon, drawstrings and vivid piping since the launch of Prada sport in 1997.
Her women’s resort collection, paraded alongside her spring men’s wear in Milan, was hinged on bubbly dresses with just as many drawstrings as the men’s parkas and Windbreakers, lit up with Stabilo colors, tropical prints, loud checks and graphic stripes. For a dressy brand like Prada, it was unexpected. The noisy prints and billowing volumes were not always flattering. Sleek satin pantsuits and shift dresses were more familiar terrain for this Italian megabrand.
Like the men, women lugged large nylon backpacks dangling luxury tchotchkes galore, including patent pumps and boxy handbags in colors as enticing as jelly beans.