Fashion & Beauty

Prada hails the briefcase’s return and serves ‘70s college professor style

"Step into my office."

As fashion month rolls around, Prada’s catwalk offerings are always among of the season’s most-anticipated showings; for the star-studded front row just as much as the sumptuous clothes. At MFWM, the Italian fashion house’s offerings for AW20 didn’t disappoint on either count.

On the celeb-spotting front, the show’s VIP attendees included rapper Quavo, the XX’s Oliver Sim, actor Riz Ahmed, model Barbara Palvin and Dylan Sprouse. However, the figure that really stole the show was an equestrian sculptural centrepiece, serving as the focal point for a set modelled after a futuristic Italian town.

Strutting down the catwalk against a vermilion backdrop, models were dressed to hustle in practical, utilitarian workwear with the show’s key items including rubber boots, lightweight overcoats and slimline briefcases. For anyone looking for a “trendable” takeaway, the show offered up a world of different characters to emulate; from 9-to-5 office worker to sheepherder chic.

We were particularly drawn to the ‘70s college professor look, seeing models in woollen suiting and sleeveless sweater vests accessorise with an air of “just got tenure” confidence. Despite not having secured that professorship quite yet, we’re hoping to test-run this look in the coming months; watch out for us splitting hairs about  Deleuzian theory and misplacing our reading glasses.

Capping it all off, the ecologically-focussed will be enthused by Miuccia Prada’s revelation, made ahead of the collection’s debut, that “more than 90 percent” of the fabrics used were sustainable – bravo.

Check out more of the show’s key looks via the gallery below. 

13 January 2020