Prada Resort 2018 Women’s Show

The Scene
Rem Koolhaas’s firm OMA redesigned the gallery space with mirrors, meant to reflect the differences between real and “manufactured” moments. If that sounds heady, consider this: The window-lined gallery provided the perfect photo op for front row stars like Courtney Love, Susan Sarandon, and Bianca Jagger.

The Tracksuits
The show opened with Kris Grikaite in a black skirt suit pulled off the shoulder, followed by Natalie Westling in a modernized tracksuit with slouchy, pouf sleeves. Polished details like voluminous ruching or tailored stripes continued throughout, with Mrs. Prada herself stepping out for her bow in trousers, rather than her typical pencil skirt.

The Sport Knits
From the first model out, Prada’s dedication to a sporty theme was evident—but her exploration of athletic apparel went deeper than the sport socks. Technical knits were a big story on the runway, from the pastel tops to the second-skin miniskirts that emulated high performance training apparel. This being Prada, these pieces were accented with gold-trim heels and logo clutch bags.

The Embellishments
We have Mrs. Prada to thank for starting the marabou feather trend with her Spring 2017 show—and she continued to use the trim today, dotting feathers along jacket cuffs and dress hems. Some models wore headdresses of three erect feathers that called back to Prada’s Spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection—one that also featured sportif themes—while others swapped feathers in favor of chain mail neckpieces.

The Prints
This Prada collection was decidedly short on prints, forgoing Prada’s kitschy graphics for a collaboration of deco designs by James Jean. If those seem familiar, it’s because Jean is the artist behind some of Prada’s most fantastical pieces from Prada’s Spring 2008 fairy-tinged collection. This time around, Jean continued to use undulating black lines, working the word Prada into flowers petals and winding stems.

Prada Resort 2018 Women’s Show