In an enticing array of gothic colour and structure, Prada’s Fall/Winter catwalk show ‘Anatomy of Romance’ took place in Milan, on February 21, 2019.
As revealed by Fondazione Prada, the collection contains looks inspired by American photographers Jamie Diamond and Elena Dorfman’s exploration of ‘familial and romantic love between human and doll’.
Collars and bleached eyebrows embody the “living doll” as models stormed the runway like duplicates. In a synonymous theme of slicked down hair and middle partings, this eerie adaptation of Prada’s sophisticated brand identity is typical of Miuccia in her careful observation and interest to the world.
The stand-out piece in this collection was the pairing of a pale blue, long-sleeve shirt decorated with a flower-patterned, black, mesh overlay. The mesh clinches at the waist and its design obstructs the shoulders with a ruffled black bow.
This piece is one of our favourites due to its unconventional display of sophistication. The combination of a shirt and dress is a lovely feminine adaptation on the stereotypically masculine garment.
Another look that we loved was the midi-length, herringbone print dress that featured an off-shoulder design and a captivating splash of cherry red.
This look was another example of the contrast between the feminine ideal and masculine stereotype, as the dress is styled with a pair of chunky, black leather boots. Despite the exposure to the model’s bare collar bones, the boots emulate power which is a mesmerising contrast of interpretations.
Finally, a design worn by supermodel Gigi Hadid – who walked the Prada runway for the second time – combines a black lace skirt with a cerulean blue shirt and oversized, army green button up coat. The coats collar and reverse design and four-pocket detailing creates a military feel against a delicacy developing a sense of ‘romance in danger’.
Other supermodel sightings on the Prada FW RTW 2019 runway included Cara Delevingne, Maike Inga, Liu Wen and Anok Yai who all embodied Miuccia Prada’s gothic vision and brought to life the theatrical fascination with dangerous love.