Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons just unveiled their much-anticipated Spring/Summer 2022 collection and a glimpse at post-pandemic dressing
Having joined Prada as Co-Creative Director in February 2020, Raf Simmons has forged an close partnership with Miuccia Prada. And this relationship is showcased in full force through the brand’s spring/summer 2022 show. The actual show is set to utilize the landscape of Sardinia, Italy, as its environment. This decision actually goes hand in hand with Prada’s support for the MEDSEA Foundation which aims to restore marine ecosystems, in this case through the reforestation of the Posidonia Oceanica meadows in the Marine Protected Area of Capo Carbonara.
The collection clearly takes cues from Simons’ fascination with shapes and silhouettes, with crisp detail and clearly defined ideas of how they want the clothing to shape the body. Each ensemble is a straight line which gives the eye the chance to look everywhere while still following a defined path from the top to the bottom. “A sense of the utopian, the ideal, of hope, positivity. To expose yourself to nature, to go to the beach — it’s freedom. It is utopian. That is really a primary need — an intellectual need, too,” co-creative director Miuccia Prada shared with Vogue
Models are seen in romper suits arriving in a corporate-worker charcoal cotton iterations and sailor-boy white designs, while some looks are accessorized with bucket hats with almond-shaped brims. One standout silhouette is the skort, which was previously seen in the label’s Spring/Summer 2017 womenswear range.
Elsewhere, hoodies are dressed in summer-ready floral patterns available in a lime green and purple colorway. The visuals then transition to the models walking on the beach. “The primary feeling is one of joy. It’s almost like that memory of a child, the joy of a child going to the beach. The simplest and most honest of pleasures,” Raf Simons explained. “In all its simpleness, it’s also something very meaningful and timeless.”
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