Prada Brought Mini ‘Skirt’ Shorts to Their Spring 19 Men’s Show

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Prada showed their Spring 19 Men’s collection in Milan yesterday, with designer Muccia Prada emphasizingn sensuality and the eroticism of the male form in the new line – which features several super-short shorts that are almost skirt-like in appearance. Color, print, and pattern were also in high visibility, keeping in trend with the logomania of recent runways.

Additionally, magnified trapper hats were paired with minimalist, norm-core silhouettes for a wacky, almost Seuss-like vibe mixed with the sexuality of leggy models.

Take a look at some of our favorite looks.

 

Backstage at Prada’s Milan Fall 18 Show

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Photography: Courtesy Prada

 

Prada held their FW 18 show at the Viale Ortles near the Fondazione Prada in Milan this Sunday, and invited four guest designers – Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Herzog & de Meuron and Rem Koolhaas – to contribute one-off pieces. The result is a chic, modern, and mostly minimal collection of men’s and women’s ensembles. There are chunky shoes, banana prints, thick, boldly colored jackets, as well as stark, modern neutrals.

Take a look at the best backstage moments.

 

Prada’s Milan FW 18 Unisex Runway Show was Bold, Whimsical & Futuristic

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Prada held their FW 18 show at the Viale Ortles near the Fondazione Prada in Milan this Sunday, and invited four guest designers – Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Herzog & de Meuron and Rem Koolhaas – to contribute one-off pieces. The result is a chic, modern, and mostly minimal collection of mens’ and women’s pieces. Structural silhouettes and bright, bold colors, as well as whimsical prints, made the show decidedly clean and futuristic.

Take a look.

 

Pedro Almodóvar is Prada’s New Muse

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Photography: Willy Vanderperre for Prada

Pedro Almodóvar, the famed Spanish film director and writer known for such works as Bad Education and Julieta, has now embarked upon another career, this time on a different side of the camera: supermodel. He’s been tapped as the new face of Prada’s F/W 17 campaign, rather fittingly titled “Auteur.”

“One of the few remaining auteurs in contemporary filmmaking, the cult Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar is universally celebrated for his unmistakable creative imprint, distinct aesthetic and unique, ‘Almodóvariano’ point of view,” Prada said in a statement. “He is an embodiment of iconoclasm, across all disciplines.”

The campaign photos and film were done by the incredible Willy Vanderperre in Prada’s headquarter F/W 17 showspace.

“Each image is loaded with an implied narrative, its own backstory,” Prada continues. “The resulting visuals play out like stills from a film that has never been made.”

Take a look at the film and images below:

Insta-Critic: Prada’s Very Modern Princess

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One would imagine, based on the looks of it, that to live in Miuccia Prada’s imagination, would be a beautiful thing. Today’s whimsical collection was full of Prada-typical unusual color combos, lots of suiting (in neoprene!), tweed coats with fur panels, and 90s babydoll dresses with embellishments fit for a fairy princess. Finally, homage was paid to Amal Clooney’s gloves, almost all the models wore elbow-length colorful iterations, and get ready to see a lot of those two-toned loafers this time next year.

The @Prada parade, full of neoprene suits (and Amal Clooney gloves) @glamourmag

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Prada in pink, with a wink. (RG @id_magazine).

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Unexpected color combinations and unusual embellishments.

Modern day princess vibes.

Pastels on parade at @prada.

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Quirky elegance

The Dish and Dispatch from Milan Fashion Week

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Models backstage at Calvin Klein Fall/Winter 2015. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Gucci was the talk of Milan; it was intended to be Frida Giannini‘s last collection (her departure was announced last December; she has been creative director since 2006). Last week it emerged that she was given a quick boot, and her deputy, Alessandro Michele, charged with producing a new collection in the space of a week. Actually, it was very Frida — feminine and romantic, with dashes of color, contrasting with the somber collections everyone else sent down the runway (this year’s predominant palate: gray). The puzzle was just how much Alessandro Michele inherited, and how much he altered.

The rumor is that Riccardo Tisci will take over just as soon as his contract with Givenchy is up (in about a year), while Alessandro steers the ship in the interval. For what it’s worth, I really loved the collection, but there will nothing there for GQ, Details, Esquire — it’s definitely not what Americans would consider men’s fashion. It was as if all the cute boys raided their girlfriend’s closets.

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Outwardly, Prada appeared to play it safe, drawing on military uniforms in a collection that included women as well as men. The silhouettes were tight and geometric, lots of double-breasted jackets, very tailored, and naval. Epaulets on the shoulders of some of the men’s jackets were echoed in the bows on the shoulders of the women’s dresses. Many of the fabrics were lightweight — nylon jackets, gray mohair sweaters. I loved it, but as usual you would have to be super skinny to get away with it. You’ve got eight months left to diet.

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Military motifs showed up also in Italo Zucchelli‘s F/W collection for Calvin Klein, but this time with a futuristic patina that summoned Blade Runner–an army of sharply silhouetted models in every shade of grey. In fact Zucchelli was more inspired by film noir than sci-fi, but it’s that combination of brooding masculinity and dystopia that makes this collection come to life. Double-breasted coats, parkas, black vinyl jeans, and cropped sweater and bomber jackets, often embossed with animal prints, felt signature Calvin Klein without feeling in any way repetitive.

The Return of the Blonde Supers + Sasha, Natalia, & Gemma’s Best Campaigns of All Time

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Sasha Pivovarova in the Saint Laurent resort 2014 campaign shot by Hedi Slimane

There was, embarrassingly, an actual squawk emitted from this editor when my eyes caught Gemma Ward stomping down the spring 2015 Prada runway in Miuccia‘s socks + high, high heels.

Gemma’s presence had been missed since 2008, when the ethereal, fair-haired beauty with the most delicate bone structure retired from the fashion industry altogether.

It’s easy to remember models in groups; Christy Turlington + Linda Evangelista + Naomi Campbell, Joan Smalls + Karlie Kloss + Cara Delevingne, and then there’s Gemma Ward + Natalia Vodianova + Sasha Pivovarova.

All three of the latter grouping are starring in major campaigns this season. For Gemma, it’s Prada photographed by Steven Meisel. For Sasha, it’s Balenciaga. Most recently announced is Natalia for Stella McCartney.
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Sasha Pivovarova for Alexander Wang‘s Balenciaga, shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Panos Yiapanis, whose work is new to the house.

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Natalia Vodianova shot by new photographed Harley Weir, and styled by Stella McCartney herself.

To celebrate their collective presence on the scene, we’ve rounded up their best campaigns of all time. 

GEMMA WARD

Photographed by David Sims for Balenciaga’s spring 2006 campaign (also featuring Caroline Trentini, Erin Wasson, Lily Donaldson, Raquel Zimmermann, Iselin Steiro, and Hana Soukupova):
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Starring in Dolce & Gabbana’s spring 2008 campaign photographed by Steven Klein:
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Ward also modeled for Dolce’s fall 2006 campaign, again lensed by Steven Miesel. Others appearing in the campaign included Coco Rocha, Lily Donaldson, Julia Stegner, and Iselin Steiro:
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NATALIA VODIANOVA

Stella McCartney fall/winter 2010 photographed by Mert & Marcus:
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Louis Vuitton spring 2008 photographed by Mert & Marcus:2891-800w

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Givenchy spring/summer 2010 photographed by Mert & Marcus, also featuring Mariacarla Boscono:15446-800w

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Chanel Beauty spring 2009 photographed by Dominique Issermann:5531-800w

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YSL spring 2010 styled by Joe McKenna and photographed by Inez & Vinoodh:16210-800w

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SASHA PIVOVAROVA

Giorgio Armani spring 2009 photographed by Mert & Marcus:
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John Galliano spring 2009:5488-800w

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Saint Laurent resort 2014 photographed by Hedi Slimane:170136-800w

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Longchamp spring 2009 also starring Kate Moss photographed by Mert & Marcus:3718-800w

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Chanel prefall 2009 photographed by Karl Lagerfeld:7174-800w

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Sophia Amoruso’s Move, Gemma Ward’s Return (!): The Fashion News You Need to Know

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Sophia Amoruso. Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

1. Sophia Amoruso: Still a #GIRLBOSS, but not CEO

Sophia Amoruso wrote a book this year, dubbed a major hit of a hashtag, and dressed Lena Dunham for the entirety of her book tour, all while continuing her duties as CEO at NastyGal. In her book, she discusses the way the brand grew from an eBay shop run out of her home and with the assistance of friends, into a brand that made her a millionaire. Now, she’s announced that the company’s president Sheree Waterson will step into her role. Waterson was previously the chief product officer at Lululemon. Sophia’s still staying on full-time as an executive chairman, and she’ll continue to servce on the company’s board. 

2. Reed Krakoff: Also no longer CEO

In similar news, Reed Krakoff has hired Harlan Bratcher, formerly of A/X Armani Exchange, as CEO beginning immediately. Krakoff will remain the creative director of the brand. Furthermore, the brand plans to restructure with an expanded focus on accessories and a larger variety in price points–meaning maybe you won’t have to mourn your lack of a boxer bag forevermore. 

3. In very poor taste…

Someone on Etsy decided to sell t-shirts printed with Kurt Cobain’s suicide note. They’ve been taken down, but eesh, why would one need to be told what a bad, disrespectful idea that is?

4. Cressida for Mulberry

Cressida Bonas is proving herself more than just Prince Harry’s ex with a short film made for Burberry. British actor Freddie Fox, and Bonas’s rumored boyfriend, co-stars, and the film was directed by Ivana Bobic. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for the video’s release in March.

5. Gemma Ward is back with a Steven Meisel lensed Prada campaign

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The campaign also features models Julia Nobis and Ine Neefs, of   whom photographs are positioned adjacent to portraits of delicate, perfect Prada items strewn among messier accoutrements of womanhood–the flowers on the floor, the coat in the sink, and the shoe halfway off the radiator. The result is gorgeous, and leaves one dreaming of being the kind of woman whose Prada bag ever goes near her bathroom sink. Oh, to be so nonchalant.

Can We Talk About Gemma Ward Opening Prada?!

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It’s happened before. Liberty Ross on the runway at Alexander Wang, Giselle at Wang, Kirsty Hume at Proenza Schouler… our favorite supers tend to come back now and again, and it’s always a thrill, but, YOU GUYS… Gemma freaking Ward opened the Prada show.

We have missed her dearly for ages. We’ll always have the treasure trove of archival glossies she’s appeared in over the years (up until 2008 when she quit the biz) and sure, we can catch her on film (did you know she was in The Great Gatsby?) but seeing her back in her element today? Everything.

We hope this means we’ll see more of those ethereal, doll-like features in editorials and ads soon. And in the mean time, thanks Miuccia.