Prada goes hiking for Resort collection
Prada showed chic takes on vintage activewear at its Resort 2017 presentation.
Miuccia Prada’s women’s resort line, paraded alongside her spring/summer menswear line in Milan on Sunday night (19Jun16), featured many bubbly dresses with drawstrings, all lit up in jellybean colours, tropical prints or graphic stripes. Steering away from traditional glamour, models wore belted coats with billowing hems, check print skirts with zips down the side and dresses that had drawstrings and vivid piping. Accessories were a central focus, with some models lugging large nylon backpacks, while others held boxy handbags in bright colours which had high heels affixed to them.
Last season’s sailor caps were replaced by cowboy-like hats worn over patterned elastic headbands. Standout pieces include shiny black military uniform-inspired suits which had sky blue stripes down the sides of the legs and piped orange detailing. But why Prada opted to style such suits with black socks and hiking-style sandals does seem to be somewhat of a sartorial mystery.
Another interesting garment was a black dress printed with a weather radar map which was worn over the top of a black turtleneck and finished off with teal drop earrings and a black headband. The general hiking theme crossed over in the menswear collection, which was also heavy on nylon zip-ups, backpacks and athletic leggings.
A bright blue jacket with yellow and orange zips was a winner, as were novelty shirts with hand-drawn symbols of world travels such as a Buddha, an elephant, a mini tortoise and India’s Taj Mahal. For the more daring man, there were also check trousers in pale green with orange stripes, as well as slimline trousers which were styled with black socks and sandals or Prada’s striped version of the hiking boot.
Of her collection, Prada shared that she had the modern globetrotter in mind from the start.
"I’m kind of finished with vintage," the 67-year-old declared to WWD, adding that she's now interested by, "this idea of travelling, sharing, joining different cultures".