Miuccia Prada’s shows are always symbolic, and yesterday’s SS18 presentation was no different. As the headquarters were taken over by the work of female cartoonists, and models walked the runway in impeccably tailored shirts and cropped trousers, you could tell the designer was getting in touch with her political roots.
The collection was based around the idea of comic book heroines; "In our condition as women I feel we should really stand combative," said Prada, likely making reference to contemporary feminist movements like the Women's March earlier this year, (perhaps as well as her former involvement in the Communist Party and political science PhD studies). "I am suggesting militant woman in a very practical way, through clothes, which is what I do."
The collection itself seemed to have taken inspiration from multiple decades. The retro patchwork was reminiscent of the sixties, the multitude of animal prints brought in some eighties vibes, and the comic book motif printed on garments and accessories suggested a hint of the thirties as well. While it was taking a political stand, it didn’t completely stray from the Prada aesthetic, and the collection still incorporated that eclectic elegance that we all know Prada does so well every season. The collection itself was brilliant, unique, and cohesive. Miuccia Prada’s superwoman message was clear and strong and will hopefully be a forceful step towards continuously bringing good into the world that is the high fashion industry.