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5 Wardrobe Basics Everyone Needs According to the School of Prada

Fashion is a sign of the times. At Prada, a parred back Spring/Summer 2021 menswear collection reflected the austerity that hangs in the air.

We’re living in unprecedented times. It’s not nearly a stretch to say that there’s no one across the globe who has remained immune to the effects of Miss Corona. Even if in different capacities, the global pathogen has had its effect on people. In many ways, it has launched most of us into an introspective state of mind. Fashion, as a reflection of the cultural zeitgeist, too has duely responded. Beyond the inevitable migration of runway presentations to digital formats, the clothes themselves, too, live to tell the tale of our times.

We saw this very clearly at Prada’s Spring/Summer 2021 menswear showing. Miuccia Prada is a thinker. Her collections are telling of her inquisition into the state of the world we live in and that of the people her garments are made for. These are weighty questions, yet, so very necessary (even in fashion) given the tumultuous state of the world.

“As times become increasingly complex, clothes become straightforward, unostentatious, machines for living and tools for action and activity,” read the press notes for Prada’s latest outing. Unveiled to the world through a series of five films by Willy Vanderperre, Juergen Teller, Joanna Piotrowska, Martine Syms and Terence Nance, the collection, aptly coined, The Show that Never Happened, was a presentation of garments stripped down to its core.

It marked Prada’s return to minimalism. The silhouettes were narrow, the colour palette parred back and the prints, whenever it made a rare appearance, dainty. The parred back garments spoke to the austerity weighing heavy in the air but not without a touch of gentleness. A powder pink coat draped around bare skin; the stringent silhouette of a coat softened with floral print; and a white shirt made a tad less strict with a peterpan collar. The dusty tones that Prada employed this season also brought with a sense of comfort.

In a collection where functionality took precedence, Prada’s parred down approach also prompts even the flambouyant fashion enthusiasts amongst us to reconsider the foundation of our wardrobe. Going back to the basics with Prada, we’ve picked out five forever pieces from the collection that will journery through life with you years and years down the road. Get ready to take down notes as you swipe through the gallery!

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