For autumn/winter 2021, Miuccia Prada took Miu Miu to the mountains showing a collection centred around practicality and protection, accompanied by a nod to lockdown crafts and requisite Miu Miu sparkle. Here, Vogue presents five things to know about the high-altitude collection.
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Miuccia pitched up the mountain
With the notion of travel being less restricted later this year, all thoughts naturally turn to where we’ll go. Mrs Prada suggests a snowy retreat as first on the must-visit list. A world away from the sports court location of last season and the usual Palais d’Iena setting of Paris Fashion Weeks in the pre-pandemic era, Miu Miu autumn/winter 2021 appeared on a 150m catwalk amongst the snow-capped Dolomites of Italian ski-resort town, Cortina. Secure your lift pass now.
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It introduced a secret club
Guests invited to the virtual show included Emma Corrin, Munroe Bergdorf, and Maxim Magnus, each of whom received a box of goods pertaining to its setting: a little flag and logo-emblazoned maps. A little more than simply an invitation to see the autumn/winter 2021 collection reveal, it was an introduction to the ‘Miu Miu Mountain Club’, too. The show’s accompanying film saw a stylish clan ramble through snowy conditions before ending their day with a rousing, cult-like dance circle around a blazing fire pit. Count us in.
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Miu Miu magpies were more than catered for
As all good Miu Miu loyalists and self-proclaimed magpies can attest, a collection largely based around mountaineering garb and practical layering doesn’t mean going without a helping of heady embellishment. Worked across padded jackets, the straps of woollen camisole dresses worn under, and over, thermal knits, as well as across ski suits and snow gloves, no surface proved too practical for sparkle. Not to mention the brilliant white snow and low-lying sun of the Dolomites playing the perfectly crisp backdrop.
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The hood is officially an It-accessory
A detachable headpiece to be worn buttoned under the chin was presented as next winter’s must-have. Whether home-spun in style and knitted in sweet pastel tones and bold retro brights or rendered in the matelassé leather technique that Miu Miu usually reserves for handbags, hood-like headpieces were a constant. Each look was paired with one, some shaped like shielding balaclavas with face coverings. Toasty, protective, and a natty headscarf update — what’s not to love?
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The Yeti has been found (wearing Miu Miu)
Faux fur made a notable appearance throughout the collection, complementing crochet textures across various knitted styles (a nod to those that refined their stitch skills over lockdown). Be it over-the-knee boots, chunky grab-bags, and a particularly fetching boiler suit, enticingly fluffy pieces made for a stylish winter proposition. Paired with Long Johns, to party-ready dresses and sharply tailored military-inspired jackets, Yeti-like boots were the key footwear takeaway.
This article was originally published on British Vogue