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In This Age Of Overconsumption, Miuccia Prada Schools Us On Style & Living

Call it ironic that a collection by one of the world’s most feted luxury fashion labels would make one reflect on this era of overconsumption, but that’s exactly the effect of Prada Spring/Summer 2020. Jonathan Chia headed to the brand’s presentation in Seoul in January to find out the new lessons in style – and living – that the always-wise Mrs Miuccia Prada would like to impart.
1. Learn the art of refinement
Instead of constantly seeking the new and encouraging a culture of overabundance and disposability, focus on keeping things pure, simple, and elegant. It explains the collection’s clean lines, seen on everything from tailored leather skirt suits to flimsy knits and silk gauze dresses to even the cloche/bucket hat hybrid that accents several of the 51 looks. Makes mixing and matching easier too, we say. 2. Value the past
The collection’s silhouettes are streamlined adaptations of those from the perennially chic ’20s, ’70s and ’90s for a sense of timelessness and newness at once. 2. Value the past
The collection’s silhouettes are streamlined adaptations of those from the perennially chic ’20s, ’70s and ’90s for a sense of timelessness and newness at once. 3. Irreverence over gimmick
How to toe this fine line? Miuccia Prada’s solution this season came in the form of fun accessories with a tactile, down-to-earth quality that felt unexpected without being outre – from macrame totes to knitted earrings to leather bucket bags with a touch of rope. 3. Irreverence over gimmick
How to toe this fine line? Miuccia Prada’s solution this season came in the form of fun accessories with a tactile, down-to-earth quality that felt unexpected without being outre – from macrame totes to knitted earrings to leather bucket bags with a touch of rope. 3. Irreverence over gimmick
How to toe this fine line? Miuccia Prada’s solution this season came in the form of fun accessories with a tactile, down-to-earth quality that felt unexpected without being outre – from macrame totes to knitted earrings to leather bucket bags with a touch of rope. 3. Irreverence over gimmick
How to toe this fine line? Miuccia Prada’s solution this season came in the form of fun accessories with a tactile, down-to-earth quality that felt unexpected without being outre – from macrame totes to knitted earrings to leather bucket bags with a touch of rope. 3. Irreverence over gimmick
How to toe this fine line? Miuccia Prada’s solution this season came in the form of fun accessories with a tactile, down-to-earth quality that felt unexpected without being outre – from macrame totes to knitted earrings to leather bucket bags with a touch of rope. 4. The person should be more important than the clothes
Style, says Mrs Prada, all boils down to how one interprets and wears the pieces in her wardrobe. Eradicating stereotypical notions of dressing, she contrasts multiple textures on a single garment (think raw-edged leather with pretty sequins), then – as seen on the runway – encourages the unlikeliest of pairings. A sensuous shoulder-baring cocktail top with a strict pencil skirt and solid platform pumps? Why not? A wildly patterned, tailored reefer coat (what’s a Prada collection without “ugly” prints?), necklace of oversized seashells, and a rattan holiday bag? Bring it on. In this age of renewed feminism and too much of what’s often the same thing, a woman’s individuality and inner strength offer an elixir.