Spring 2021 Ready to Wear
Pictures by Miu Miu
SCHOOL IS (KIND OF) IN SESSION
Welcome to the Miu Miu Club!
Miuccia Prada clearly had uniforms on her mind this season; it was a major theme for her debut Prada collection with Raf Simons, as well as for her sister brand, or in this case, little sister, Miu Miu. The topic of uniforms is as encompassing as the people wearing them, from doctors and nurses on the front lines, to city workers ensuring our lives run smoothly, and of course, fresh-faced high schoolers, inspired by the posh uniform embellishments of Gossip Girl to the all-out rebellious fashion of the current Euphoria youth. Prada created a Spring collection for a class that is “virtually” in session and missing all the fun things about academia; the sports, the dances, the clubs, and most importantly, the socializing. The collection debuted via digital short, with a white set dubbed the Miu Miu Club, complete with basketball court lines on the runway and hallways leading to presumed locker rooms. Friends of Miu Miu, including Elle Fanning, Chloé Sevigny, and Milla Jovovich lined the walls on zoom call in screens. Class was ready to begin.
The show opened with 18-year-old Lila Moss (yes, that Moss) making her runway debut in a neat, navy blazer covering a blue buttoned-up shirt and jewel-encrusted micro mini with a bright red waistband. Classic Blair Waldorf. The collection took a sporty turn with athletic striped coats, knee-length dresses, skirts, and a series of zip-up jackets. Hot pants were worn with matching popped collar jackets, a long-sleeved turtleneck, and a brown and white bowling shirt, all featuring low slung Miu Miu belts. Girly, ruffled pastel tops were paired with hip-hugging track pants. This was a collection of polarity, as stated by Prada, a reflection of the polar times in which we are currently living. It is also a testament to today’s youth culture. There are no rules. High/low, feminine/masculine, dressed up or dressed down, anything goes.
Sasha Knysh and Sydney Sylvester each wore a gorgeous sheer sheath with delicate ruffle accents across the chest, covering a turquoise bodysuit and a jeweled halter top. On her second walk, Moss wore the empire-waisted prom dress of our dreams, with a daringly low scoop neck, embellished with glittering crystals, resting atop a feminine yellow bow, and finally extending into a soft, pastel blue skirt resting just high enough on the thighs to satisfy a rebellious teenage spirit. And for the prom queen? A baby blue sheath with a neckline covered in bows, modest at first sight, but when she turns, half of an exposed back being held together by a thin strap. Again, that polarity. The collection finished with a series of uber mini skirts, dangling off sashaying hip bones, neatly paired with fitted short-sleeved tops and closing with Moss, on her third walk, in a pink jewel halter top with an equally sparkling mini skirt.
The whole collection screams of youth, but there are plenty of offerings for the Work From Home riddled as well. With a 70s color palette of brown, orange, tan, and pastels, and a 90s laissez-faire attitude, Prada extends her reach into nostalgic older generations. If this is the uniform of today, we are happy to comply.
Written by Elizabeth Kramsky