Twin Peaks famed actor Kyle MacLachlan opened Prada’s men’s wear collection. Then he made his fashion runway debut at the Prada Foundation in Milan with the vogue event closing in the company of Jurassic Park’s veteran actor, Jeff Goldblum.
MacLachlan, 62, zig-zagged his way through the yellow-lit runway. And he looked sharp, wearing a sleek, long black coat, a baby blue suit with matching blue-coloured gloves and a white turtleneck scarf that had a streak of yellow.
Prada F/W 22 fashion show: Jeff Goldblum highlights the finale
The presence of Baby Boomers alongside Generation Z models was definitely unique for many fashion spectators.
“I caught a glimpse of the show on SKYTG24. And I noticed some models with white hair and wrinkles and I stopped to watch,” says banker Francesco Petrucci. “Interesting, even if Kyle MacLachlan looked a bit like a broomstick.”
MacLachlan was followed by other famed actors including: Asa Butterfield, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Damson Idris, Tom Mercier, Jaden Michael, Louis Partridge, Ashton Sanders and Filippo Scotti. And of course with the finale of Goldblum.
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Work is a state of reality – a vital component of life
There were long leather overcoats, broad wide shoulders, oversized blazers, turtleneck sweaters and the repeating motif of black fur trims, awkwardly wrapped around the elbows instead of the traditional wrist area. These are the latest Prada trends to what the Milan fashion house has labeled as “work clothes.”
“We were thinking about meaningful fashion, pieces that make sense. Clothes that make people feel important,” designers Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons told Vogue magazine. “The collection celebrates the idea of working — in all different spheres and meanings. It is a practical, everyday thing. But here, you are formally important. You are not casual.”
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“We had an eloquent fashion in mind, garments that had meaning. Clothes that are capable of making people feel important and that they were, in themselves, important. Not a disposable fashion, but something that had meaning, longevity and relevance. The concept of the classic is very important,” says Prada to Vogue.
Simons adds: “The approach is to make all garments equally important. Lightweight, Deux-pièces suits are worn under coats and suits, which recall the idea of work, movement, activity and free time. They are rematerialized, to confer a different importance. In tech silk, leather, luxury cotton, they replace the traditional shirt / belt / tie, giving a new energy and reality, and even a younger attitude. Prada is always respecting the importance of sartorial classicism, while moving towards the future.”
The reality of art
Taking theater and cinema as mirrors of reality, for the Fall/Winter 2022 Prada men’s show, the Deposito of the Fondazione Prada was revamped by AMO as a stage for action and a representation of heightened actuality. According to Prada, actors are interpreters of reality, who are employed to echo truth through their portrayals.
Goldblum, 69, was joined with other senior models strutting their way down the catwalk making the fashion statement that seemed more like something out of the pages of Dr. Zhivago. The collection emphasizes dark black colours and black fur trims at the bottom hem. Sartorial construction methods are applied to Prada’s knitwear, bomber jackets and parkas, formalizing these examples of universal clothing.
Prada show: Clothes that are capable of making people feel important
“This interaction makes it possible to confer merit and value on human commitment at all levels. Work uniforms, perceived in this way, take on new importance. The daily routine becomes a moment of opportunity and acquires relevance and value, emphasizing the importance of work within society” says Simons.
“Diametrically opposed concepts are contrasted. The tailoring of the fundamental garments of the male wardrobe is combined with industrial elements, such as overalls and work clothes. The collection cannot be defined as either tailoring or, but it mixes both worlds by questioning themselves.”
Images: Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (National Chamber of Italian Fashion)