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November 04, 2013 10:24 am Photographed by Giovanni Giannoni

Spring 2014 Prada Men's Ready-to-Wear

By Lisa J. Springsteel

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A tropical theme set the mood for the Spring 2014 Prada men’s ready-to-wear collection. Heavily print driven looks took to the runway, whether peeking out from underneath a jacket or shown as the main piece. Refined Hawaiian, rainforest foliage, flora and fauna, beach sunset, 1950s graphic, and 1940s pinup girl prints were seen in darker tones on long-sleeve, button-down tops, sweaters, and silky, slouch jackets, as well as on briefcases, suitcases, and weekender bags. They were paired with various trousers, both pinstriped and solid. Silky boxing shorts were shown in a bright turquoise and also in black.  Silhouettes were relaxed, pants were full, blousons were plump, short sleeves were layered over long sleeves, and double-breasted jackets were left unbuttoned. 

An unexpected feature of the show was the infusion of  twelve womenswear looks that mimicked the menswear prints shown mostly in dresses, some embellished with crystals, and available as part of the resort collection.

The set played just as important of a part of the collection itself and was artfully decorated with palm trees, a sunset, water, and helicopters, suggesting a tropical resort meets war zone feeling and was given the title, “Menacing Paradise” by creative head Miuccia Prada. The audience sat in a blue pit that imitated water, as models paraded around them.

The color palette featured neutral shades of grey, mahogany, burgundy, brown, and teal. Sneakers and loafers were worn with socks that slouched down toward the ankle, and were shown in solid or two-tones, both with and without laces. Sunglasses were straight out of the 1970s and were tinted in retro yellow and red shades. Belts were striped in various colorways and hung down loosely over the pants. For women, accessories included clutch and weekender bags in various prints and chunky jewelry.

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