How do you encapsulate a sense of bravery through fashion? Perhaps the fictitious Miu Miu Mountain Club that Miuccia Prada imagined for Fall/Winter 2021 holds the clues as to how women can and should venture out into the unknown with courage.
Inspired by the fits worn by alpine adventurers, Miu Miu’s ready-to-wear collection this season is an ode to clothes that protect, what with its ultra chic take on puffer jackets, padded suits and other utilitarian accessories. That’s not to say that it’s all cover-ups – there are also the likes of studded lingerie-inspired pieces, sequinned dresses and even sporty, ’80s rap-influenced separates. The woman who dares is after all a multi-dimensional one.
Just ask homegrown musician Aisyah Aziz. This month alone, the honey-voiced multi-hyphenate will release her first vinyl as well as see the launch of a zombie-themed series that she stars in. Couple that with how her profile as a fashion star with a taste for experimentation has been on the rise and one can say that the 27-year-old has got the art of reinvention down pat.
Ahead, see the powerhouse entertainer take on the role of the ultimate heroine for the times, all dressed up Miu Miu’s Fall Winter 2021. Who’s ready for some adventure?
Wool slip dress with crystals and studs, satin skirt, mohair ski mask, brass ring (worn throughout), Miu Belle nappa leather clutch with metal chain strap and PU faux fur boots. All Miu Miu throughout
Revolving around the romance of venturing outside of one’s comfort zone and embarking on bold adventures, Miu Miu’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection offers up plenty of statement-making contrasts such as slip dresses embellished with crystals and spiky studs.
Satin slip dress with studs and twill coat with studs. Earrings, Aisyah’s own
Besides being Miuccia Prada’s idea of battle gear, they’re a nod to her personal penchant for wearing slips while skiing on warmer days. “It looks strange, but in the end, it’s not,” says the ever-idiosyncratic fashion doyenne.
Wool crochet jacket, matching pullover and ski mask, satin and wool crochet dress, wool tights, Splitboard calf leather boots with metal chain and Miu Belle nappa leather clutch with metal chain strap
Chic and elegance are as central to keeping warm in this Miu Miu collection with wool knits given an artful charm with handmade crochet patterns inspired by those on classic winter sweaters. Also in the spotlight: the flirty-meets-glamorous Miu Belle bag, which was introduced last year and sports a sophisticated matelasse leather finish, polished metal frame and glossy oversized black clasp.
Crepe de chine top with crystals, matching skirt, wool gloves and PU faux fur boots. Earrings, Aisyah’s own
Yes, one can – and should – dazzle in challenging times too, says Miuccia Prada. Accenting this delightful collection of contrasts: fun yet luxurious winter accessories such as cashmere-lined mittens and yeti boots crafted out of fake fur as part of Miu Miu’s sustainability strategy.
Nylon jacket and matching pants, satin and wool crochet top, wool ski mask and Splitboard calf leather boots with metal chain
One of the season’s key footwear styles, the Splitboard boots, is inspired by those used for splitboarding – an off-shoot of snowboarding. Its hooks and eyelets are similar to those on trekking shoes; its chain embellishments an ode to Run DMC style; and its chunky soles are made from an innovative EVA material so that they’re exceptionally light.
Nylon jacket, mohair top, matching skirt, wool tights and PU faux fur boots
Trust Miuccia Prada to also fuse something as irreverent as ’80s rapper fashion with mountaineer dressing, explaining the slightly retro and oversized silhouettes of some of the lightweight, quilted nylon coats.
Inspired to get your “adventure gear” on as you face the world? We shine the light on some items you can cop from Miu Miu’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection, which you can shop in stores and via the Miu Miu Singapore e-shop from September 1.
Viscose polo shirt, $1,910
Wool jacket, $5,800
Satin dress, $7,900
Wool sweater, $4,050
Miu Spirit canvas bag, $900
Miu Spirit leather bag, $970
Nylon tote, $2,550
Nappa leather shoulder bag, $3,450
Leather shoulder bag, $3,350
Leather loafers, $1,550
Nylon boots, $1,750
Leather boots, $2,450
Shearling and rubber slides, $1,280
Wool and cashmere socks, $785
Metal signet ring with crystals, $1,590
Wool helmet, $785
Photography Stefan Khoo, assisted by Alif Director Joy Song Director of Photography Bong Assistant Cam Matthew Chong Grip Melvin Han Colourist Khien.Grade Styling Damian Huang, assisted by Yuan Kun Hair & Makeup Manisa Tan Location Here Kitty Kitty, special thanks to Zouk
A version of this article first appeared in the September 2021 Brave New World edition of FEMALE