Show report: Prada Resort 2019 runway show in New York
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Back to The '90s at Prada Resort 2019 in New York

Bold prints, kick flares and highlights: Prada's collection was a tribute to fashion's favourite era of the moment
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On May 4, Prada unveiled its 2019 Resort collection in New York at The Piano Factory, the building that houses Prada's Headquarters in the city. The transformation of the old piano factory was the first project Prada commissioned from the Herzog & de Meuron office in 2000. The architectural elements were removed, leaving only the original concrete structure.

 

THE VENUE

 

The runway show took place on the 7th floor, where the original structure of the building was maintained. The space featured semi-transparent panels that reflected an urban landscape through the windows, using real images of the city as the backdrop of the show. The result was an intriguing mix between the internal and external environments, a mix of analog and virtual realities.

 

The show began at 6:30 p.m., sunset time in New York. The main colours of the space were silver, black and red. The red panels, together with the lighting system installed in the windows, generated an atmosphere that complemented the colour of the sunset.

THE COLLECTION 

 

The show opened with elongated silhouettes of transparent chiffon skirts accompanied by tricot tops and tailormade overlays, recalling looks from Prada's collections in the '90s. That's not all: Miuccia Prada also brought back her other iconic motifs from that era including prints, kick flares, stacked-heel loafers and heavy-gauge tights. Tones of mint green and light blue as well as touches of mustard and brown gave the collection an air of sophistication.

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BEAUTY 

 

Let's not forget another obvious trend from the '90s that Miuccia Prada revived for the show: highlights, à la Britney Spears in her music video Baby One More Time. The dyed locks peeked out from under many a trapper hat with earflaps on the runway. According to hairstylist Guido Palau, the models' looks were "inspired by the woman that takes beauty into her [own] hands." Prada had '90s It Girl Chloë Sevigny in mind as one of her muses when she conceived the look, which explains why the actress was also invited to view the collection. Speaking of...

 

THE GUESTS

 

Among the celebrities that attended the show were Sophie Charlotte, Dakota Fanning and Henry Frye, Uma Thurman, Alexa Chung, Anna Wintour, Ansel Elgort and Violetta Komyshan, Chloë Sevigny, Dane DeHaan and Anna Wood, David O. Russell, Gary Oldman and Gisele Schmidt, Katherine Langford, Lily Collins, Marc Jacobs, Poppy Delevingne, James Cook and Raf Simons.

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