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THE OFFICE WORKER’S WEARING PRADA: Prada’s Fall-Winter 2022 Menswear Show
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Prada
17.01.2022
Prada's fall-winter 2022 menswear
Prada's fall-winter 2022 menswear
Prada's fall-winter 2022 menswear
Prada's fall-winter 2022 menswear
Prada's fall-winter 2022 menswear
Prada's fall-winter 2022 menswear
Prada's fall-winter 2022 menswear
Prada's fall-winter 2022 menswear
Prada's fall-winter 2022 menswear
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Yes, Jeff Goldblum and Kyle MacLachlan – two iconic figures in Hollywood – aren’t your everyday men. But they have certainly played those roles on-screen to achieve their legendary status, and perhaps, helped endear them to the average folks. Goldblum, who is also a real-life jazz musician, has made a career out of being a nerdy scientist on-screen whereas MacLachlan with his (still) perfect jawline and coif has made law enforcement roles his calling card. Incidentally, the Italian fashion house Prada has also been a long-time admirer of their style game, especially the former whose personal wardrobe has not been short of Prada swag in his everyday life, a swerve that paps and publications have spotted. Now, the two actors – who are both in their 60s – have joined up with the new gen of Tinseltown names (Asa Butterfield, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Damson Idris, Tom Mercier, just to name a few) on the runway of its fall-winter 2022 menswear runway show in Milan. Big names aside, the clothes were more suggestive of pragmatic and practical Prada than the futuristic tunnel these ideas were streaming out from. And that was what Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons wanted. This time away from living our best life in work and play has let the creative duo to give a thought to what the regular office worker might want for their OOTD/uniform when heading back to clocking nine-to-five hours. Luxe leather trench coats are explored with broader shoulders, and double-breasted suits and bomber jackets are boxier, and even contrasting faux fur trims and panels are added into the traditional outerwear lexicon as a textural study. What is also noticeable is that Prada has put to rest any large placement of logos or even its emblematic triangle that has reared its head in previous collections. There’s a discretion in these workwear pieces that puts the focus back to the quality of your work rather than the pay cheque you’re drawing, namely those silky and leather mechanic-esque jumpsuits that the Breaking Bad crowd would vibe with. And if you’re Frank Ocean, there’re a few pieces to add to cart too with immediacy: A new printed take on the tie-dye effect that also resembles a vivid dream of faded imageries embellished on outerwear. Prada's betting big that the WFH slacks of the last couple of years will be gone when these items hit the store. And if things don't change for the better, well, you can bet today's workers will also look just as good on Zoom.

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