Luxury house PRADA unveiled its Spring Summer 2023 Touch of Crude Womenswear Collection, that explores sequence of realities – reflections, refractions, and observations, on Thursday, September 22nd, during the ongoing Milan Fashion Week. Designers Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons examine the duality and interrelationship between the raw and the sensual, delicacy and roughness. The collection plays with dissimilitude and paradox, shifting between different visions, and separate realities. It fuses elegance with a sense of the accidental, to represent creative freedom. Series of dresses were made from a paper-based fabric, and torn against the body, intentional rifts and twists capture spontaneity.
“Reality translates to humanity. It is reflected through a sense of the hand, a touch of the crude, a rawness that evokes a fragility. Day and evening clothes cross-pollinate, the signs and signifiers of each shifting – opera coats fuse with leather jackets, tailoring borrows trains of fabric. Clothes for the intimacy of the home in delicate pastel tones fuse with outerwear, a blurring of distinct realities, while a notion of Prada uniform, in bodysuits of poplin shirting in industrial colors, denotes a minimalized reality. Accessories propose an antique nappa, surfaces patinated, pressed and wrinkled, used to reinterpret archetypal and classic Prada handbag silhouettes. Polarities are explored between minimalism and decoration, occasion and everyday – as in life, in reality, unanticipated dichotomies are observed, explored, embraced.” – from Prada
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