Lurid Prints and Sweaty Silks at Prada

Lurid Prints and Sweaty Silks at Prada

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Prada, Menswear, SS14, Milan.

In the recent Prada Menswear show for Spring-Summer 2014, Miuccia reworked florals in lurid colour combinations, pairing the patterns with wet look silk textures and pinstriped suiting.

The collection aimed to subvert traditional ideas of summer and our ideas of the exotic and central to this was a reworking of the aloha shirt or hawaiian shirt. The shirt shapes were often panelled with contrasting striped trim and sometimes styled as a base layer underneath a shorter sleeve knitwear piece in a contrasting floral.

The use of wet-look silks added to the humid feeling of the collection, with the shinier fabrics helping to break up the more matt textures of the shirting, suiting and knitwear.

The suiting was presented in a range of variations with 2 button and 3 button versions of single breasted jackets shown, as well as double breasted jackets. There were also a variety of different pinstripes sizes and colours used in combination helping to move the collection away from traditional suit styling.

In the images below the break point of the jackets have been highlighted so that you can how the jackets are cut differently depending on the number of buttons used at the front of the jacket. The term “break point” refers to the point on a jacket lapel where the lapel changes direction, turning the lapel from facing towards the body to facing outwards away from the body. 

For more details on the references that Miuccia Prada used in the collections read Tim Blanks reviewing the collection for Style.com»

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First image from Style.com»

All other images from Vogue.co.uk»

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