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At Prada, Optimism is Mounting and the Clothes Show for It

Sequins, faux fur, and punchy hues – we're walking on sunshine at Prada's Fall/Winter 2021 womenswear presentation.

Clothes are a sign of the times. It’s a bookmark of the cultural zeitgeist as we traverse through time. And in the time of Miss Rona, that has meant going back to the basics – the building blocks of a wardrobe that could still be justified purchases in the thick of a global pandemic. As Raf Simons once put it, “we don’t feel its right, now, to be too exuberant.”

If the Prada Fall/Winter 2021 womenswear presentation was anything to go by, Simons has changed his tune. After more than a year of living with Miss Rona, if we might be ever so bold to assume, the worst is over. Stepping away from the austerity, Miuccia Prada and Simons stepped into an optimistic light with a collection of clothes that make the eye sparkle again.

The shift in mood evident throughout the collection but the transition perhaps most observable in the lineup faux fur coats that models clutched to their chest just as they did the utilitarian wraps of last season. It’s a sense of glamour and elegance returning to the equation. As Prada described it, “optimism is mounting.”

And if you were to read the room, the clothes say the same. The lineup of punchy primary hued coats rendered in pops of blue, green, and yellow and drenched in sequins. Pops of print. Fur-lined jackets. Till nights out become a thing again, we’ll keep our hope alive and the outfits on hand.

Dear world, we’re ready when you are but in the meantime we’re living in Prada and Simon’s world. Scroll through the gallery for some of our favourite looks!

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