Cocooning and shielding ourselves has become second nature over the past year or so. Prada has responded with clothes that protect us from the elements but refuse to stay hidden away. “[Clothes] can help you better express your ideas,” said Miuccia Prada, “your personality, what you want to show to the world, what you want to hide.” On how this translates for AW21, Simons explained, “this collection deals with juxtaposition of colour, juxtaposition of softness and hardness, to express the reality of the world, and at the same time expresses the possible feelings that everyone has dealing with this isolation.”
What we’re feeling is the impulse to go out, be seen and seek out some fun. The bright shades of raspberry, bottle green, purple and orange, combined with the outsized cut and quirky accoutrements of the padded nappa-leather bombers and glove-pouch hybrids have that all wrapped up. Mehmet sums up the appeal of these new designs, “each piece in the collection was phenomenal, however, I particularly liked the buttery-soft leather bombers – the nostalgia this silhouette gives will have every Raf fan pining over them.” We know she’s right, too: Drake – a man with an eye for an MA-1 worth investing in, having made headlines by wearing Simons’ AW01 ‘Riot! Riot! Riot!’ bomber jacket in his ‘Toosie Slide’ video – got hold of the magenta version months ago for his ‘What’s Next’ shoot. Here’s your chance.