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Prada nods to past for new women's line at Milan Fashion Week

Prada took inspiration from the past for their newest women's collection showcased at Milan Fashion Week. The line, titled "Instinctive Romance," was a creative combination of contrasting elements and delicate feminine details. Designers Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons opened the fall/winter 2024 show with a stylish all-black dress adorned with flap embellishments.

Published February 22,2024

Italian luxury label Prada said it looked to the past for its latest womenswear line at Milan Fashion Week on Thursday, presenting a collection that played with contrasts and feminine touches.

Designers Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons kicked off the fall/winter 2024 womenswear show, called "Instinctive Romance", with an all black dress with flappy embellishments.

The creative duo played with contrasts, cutting dark wool skirts to reveal a white or colourful silky layer underneath or behind.

There were bomber jackets, a coat nodding to 1950s silhouettes and slim pencil skirts worn with fitting knits.

"We strive to create something beautiful and we cannot talk about beauty without looking at the past," Simons said in show notes. "In this complicated moment, it is essential to know our history, who we are."

The designers overall chose a slim silhouette: some models wore buttoned up long shirts tucked into floor-length skirts in soft pale colours.

Sleeveless dresses came in cream or pink, with floral embellishments. Some had bows, a feature also seen on the back of some skirts and on ribbon belts.

"We looked at the idea of romance, which is perhaps still considered a taboo at the moment, especially in fashion," Miuccia Prada said.

"The dresses in this collection reveal a sense of romance."

Prada is known for its leather goods and models wore their handbags suspended from a strap on their lower arms. Hats were reminiscent of military caps, and some models wore small-framed sunglasses.

A selection of black looks wrapped the show, where a see-through catwalk overlooked a set designed to look like a stream and grass.

Prada is a favourite among celebrities, and actors Emma Watson, Juliette Binoche and Gwendoline Christie were among the famous faces at the show.

Milan Fashion Week, one of four stops during the month-long catwalk calendar, runs until Monday, with the likes of Gucci, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani holding shows to present their new lines.