Prada Brings it Back to The ’90s

Throughout the years, Miuccia Prada has been at the fashion forefront of innovation, redefining the codes of femininity and setting remarkable benchmarks with her hard-hitting designs and ideas, creating trends and must-haves for the fashion set season after season. To mark her 40th anniversary since taking the helm at her family-owned label in 1978, Mrs. Prada ventured into the brand's archives for a Pre-Fall '18 collection that pays tribute to the Italian house's iconic moments.

Behind the scenes at the Prada Pre Fall fashion show, which features many tributes to the brand's signature pocone nylon. Imaxtree

There are a handful of designers that are able to reference their past work so skilfully and do so without looking like they have run out of fresh ideas. However, Mrs. Prada seamlessly mixed and matched instantly recognisable motifs from past collections, creating new fabric hybrids and repurposing them for the collection. 

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Nylon is the Name

The biggest revival in this collection is that of Mrs Prada’s favoured fabric, the Pocone nylon – which revolutionised the brand at the start of the decade. “I have a passion for nylon- a love I could die for,” says Mrs. Prada, who challenged the idea of luxury when she first introduced the Vela nylon backpack in the ’80s. “Nylon is the emblem of the industrial side and when we started doing it, it was ocmpletely usual.” The brand’s signature material is revived and reimagined through a range of must-have ’90s-sportswear-meets-industrial-chic pieces. From padded coats to oversized anoraks, these cool monochromatic outerwear, styled alongside knee-length skirts and bucket hats, are essentially contemporary protective uniforms.

Not forgetting the logomania trend, flashy jewels are replaced with worker name tags while mini neck bags are branded with retro Prada logos. The collection also sees the return of Linea Rossa, the red line prominently placed on Prada Sport garments in the early ’00s.

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