Acid, slime green walls. Inflatable clear plastic chairs. Techno music blaring at an impressively high decibel level and an even higher BPM. No, I'm not talking about Milan's Hottest Night Club: This was the scene at the Prada show on Thursday evening, where designer Miuccia Prada presented a Spring 2019 collection that mixed prim and proper schoolgirl staples with futuristic, far-out statement pieces in a way that only she could.
From the time the first model came down the runway, the Prada woman's dichotomy for the season was clear: A severe beauty look of baby bangs and bleached eyebrows was topped with a stereotypically sweet, oversize headband, indicating the clash of rebelliousness and conservatism. The range that followed offered up items for customers on both sides — many of which we can foresee becoming as commercially successful as the bucket hats, nylon bags, logo sweaters and flame shoes from the Italian house's electric, neon-tinged fall collection.
For those leaning towards the more old-fashioned side, there were oversized headbands that any Blair Waldorf type would lose her mind over; sheer, iridescent knee-high socks emblazoned with a Prada logo; satin bows tied at the neck and on belt loops; crisp, white shirt collars and satin, '60s-inspired babydoll dresses. Those who consider themselves to be a bit more defiant in a sartorial sense will likely flock to the (admittedly strange) sock sandals in a techno knit; the low-cut bodysuits with a strap closure across the chest; A-line leather slip dresses; industrial belts; silver studs galore and super of-the-moment sneakers with a thick jelly sole to match the blow-up cubes guests were seated on.
Though Prada is usually among the brands that dictate the trends each season as opposed to following them, there were several pieces in the collection that put an innovative spin on today's most popular "It" items. For instance, the aforementioned sock sandals will definitely help prolong the style that Demna Gvasalia made so popular at Vetements and Balenciaga. The ubiquitous tie-dye that swept the New York runways for spring and took over Instagram this summer made an appearance in the form of airy skirts, slip dresses and shorts, but the laid-back looks were made more ladylike with shiny rhinestone starbursts. Bookish loafers, not unlike the ones made popular recently by Alessandro Michele at Gucci, appeared in the graphic knit as well.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Prada show without some house signatures — the artful prints that rounded out the end of the collection, the oversized sequin embellishments, the shiny paillete dresses and the minimal, boxy, tomboyish separates, for example. Prada fans on either side of the aesthetic coin are sure to fall for those come spring.
See every look from Prada's Spring 2019 collection in the gallery below.