Cozy Up With Prada’s Fur and Feather Fashion for Fall/Winter 2017

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Handwritten invitations, sets that looked like a teenager’s bedroom, furry slippers, and crafty touches made Prada’s Fall/Winter 2017 presentation feel like the ultimate slumber party.

Handwritten invitations, sets that looked like a teenager’s bedroom, furry slippers, and crafty touches made Prada’s Fall/Winter 2017 presentation feel like the ultimate slumber party. Perhaps that’s why the set and some of the looks felt like an homage to Britney Spears, the crowned Teen Queen/Pop Princess of the early aughts. However, according to show notes, our assessment is wildly off-base, as the presentation intended to convey a strong political stance based on Miuccia Prada’s liberal values. “Fashion is about the everyday and the everyday is the political stage of our freedoms,” the show notes declared. Strangely, this did not read at all on the runway. Take a look for yourself.

Prada Fall/Winter 2017
Photo: Courtesy of Imaxtree

Speaking of high school, the opening looks are what Cher in Clueless might have dismissed as belonging to the granola crowd while walking Tai through the ropes of Los Angeles cliques. After all, crocheted bralettes and newsboy caps are the kind of combination that might belong to any future-UC Berkeley student. There were lots of aspects of dressing up and trying on personalities as a young woman is wont to do found in the presentation, from the colorful fur jackets and silk gloves to the maximal, embellished skirts and bugle-beaded dresses.

While some designers at Fashion Month have been overt in their political declarations and alliances, Prada’s meaning is more difficult to see.

The political angle seemed to evaporate in the face of finery. As the show progressed, Prada’s fur-and-feather looks only became more luxe, and thus more removed from their supposed origin story. Piled-on accessories tended to suffocate the simpler layers beneath, but then Prada pulled back on accoutrements for the show’s most startling moment: Lindsey Wixson in the slinkiest red wiggle dress, which was finished with a kick-flare flounce. Then it was business as usual as checkered coats with fur hems, embellished knits, feather-trimmed skirts, fuzzy boots, and painted sheath dresses rounding out the presentation. While some designers at Fashion Month have been overt in their political declarations and alliances, Prada’s meaning is more difficult to see. The clothes, while filled with vivid beauty and vibrant personality, were simply that: clothes.

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