Directed by Miuccia Prada, the Miu Miu Spring-Summer 2022 collection came out last Tuesday, October 5th to close up Paris Fashion Week. Challenging the traditional office look in a post-pandemic era, classic pieces appeared in innovative, rebellious, body revealing lengths and shapes. Keep reading to find out more!
The fashion label Miu Miu introduced its Spring-Summer 2022 collection, created by Miuccia Prada, on Tuesday, October 5th, during the last day of Paris Fashion Week at the Palais d’Iéna, its traditional show venue. In an exercise to amplify actuality, reflect the current reality making reference to it, the vision behind this collection is to use the “existing to create the new”. Questioning long-time, pre-pandemic established values, norms, and dress codes, Miuccia envisioned a line that perfectly represents a rebellious back-to-work look, a corporate wardrobe added by a twist. With universal, eternal, and timeless pieces like dresses, trousers, shirts, sweaters, blazers, and suits, the collection is a reinterpretation of the all-time basics.
A brand new perspective was given to classic designs by changing their proportions to the human body, in uncommon and unexpected shapes. Just like private school kids love doing to their uniforms, pieces were chopped to new, daring lengths: office trousers were cut into blushing short skirts, button-down shirts and knitted sweaters were shortened to become cropped tops, skirts’ waistlines dropped radically, underwear elastics were apparent, and designs were body revealing. Tailored garment edges were frayed and left raw, pocket linings were visible, and elements of construction were exposed, adding a spontaneous, less rigid, and relaxed mood to formal businesswoman pieces.
Moreover, the Spring-Summer 2022 collection office key pieces also included cable knit low rise midi skirts styled with knee-high socks and pointy loafers or golden sandals; bleach faded oversized knitted sweater sets worn on top of dress shirts; stone-washed leather jackets paired with matching pleated skirts; lots of hip bone showing, tiny-mini skirts, either in gabardine fabric or in leather, topped with belts, with the underwear and the pockets poking out; black, gray, and beige traditional gabardine loose trousers matched to knits over shirts, and camel sophisticated trench coats; and jackets and blazers with raw hems, loose threads, and frayed collars and cuffs. For night-time, embroidered suits and appliqué dresses embellished by flowers and beadings, with raw threads hanging for an undone touch appeared in black, neutral beige, blue, and bright green. As for shoes, Miu Miu collaborated with New Balance to present the 547 sneakers in white, khaki, and blue denim.
At the show location, guests watched Miu Miu’s new collection while seated on ergonomic Eames office chairs. The white runway made by Amo was lighted with screens featuring two comedy pieces by Moroccan artist based in Brooklyn Meriem Bennani, which helped transform the venue into a workplace. The first video had a businesswoman arguing with living office items such as documents and lamps, while the second showcased a conversation between women in Morocco discussing and making fun of plastic surgeries. The mixture of a runway show and digital artworks reinforced the idea of virtual versus real while exploring women’s relationship with fashion.
We still don’t know when our office days will be a reality again, but it is undeniable that, after they were finally allowed to join the workforce, the work environment has influenced and changed the way women dress. From it, we gained eternal pieces that empower women and help them face their daily challenges. Through Miuccia’s reflective personality, this collection saw pieces that respond to a difficult moment in history. By seeing it, we expect to, one day, have our regular working routines back, ready to go out and conquer the world.
Published by HOLR Magazine.