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  • Writer's pictureClaudio Fibonacci

Unleashing My Inner Prada: How Miuccia Prada Inspired Me to Embrace Wrinkles and Ditch the Iron

Miuccia Prada Inspired Me to Ditch the Iron

Miuccia Prada Inspired Me to Ditch the Iron

Rumpled Chicness: Embracing the Prada Aesthetic

Behold, a very real text I received from my mother recently, after I sent her a photo of my outfit: “Chic. Buy an iron.” It’s a recurring plea, but I’m hesitant. Don’t get me wrong, I love impeccable tailoring and a crisp shirt as much as the next person, but I also worship at the altar of Miuccia Prada, the patron saint of rumpled clothing.

There’s an intrinsic chicness to haphazardly wrinkled clothes. It signifies a life well-lived, too fast-paced to possibly take time out of the day to care about the state of a cotton shirt or silk skirt. A rumpled woman has places to go and people to see! The wearer isn’t too precious about their clothing—that they actually wear the pieces they own instead of preserving them all in a museum-like encasement.

The Prada Philosophy

Mrs. Prada proves that the state of one’s clothing doesn’t need to cast aspersions on their character. Nobody would dare tell such a revered figure in fashion as Mrs. Prada that her personal proclivity for creased skirts indicates messiness. In fact, it only underscores her genius as a designer who turns against women’s domestic expectations—ironing, laundry—and weaves that stance into her brands’ DNA.

Examples from the Runway

  1. Take a look at Miu Miu’s fall 1998 collection. Tops and skirts look as though they’ve been picked up off the floor, embodying a sense of effortless chic.

  2. For Prada’s spring 2023 show, models strutted down the runway with well-worn creases, showcasing the brand’s commitment to this aesthetic.

  3. Even in her personal style, Mrs. Prada embraces the creased look, as seen in her appearance after Prada’s spring 2024 show.

Life Lessons from Mrs. Prada

Over the course of her storied career, Mrs. Prada has managed to find other avenues of portraying this sartorial sense of hurdling through life. Take, for instance, the overflowing purses at Miu Miu’s spring 2024 show. Her designs speak volumes about embracing the beauty of imperfection and the allure of lived-in clothing.

So, next time your dress sits on the floor of your room for too long, take a cue from Miuccia Prada. Get that extra 10 minutes of sleep; forgo your domestic duties. Life is too short and too precious to spend hunched over an ironing board!

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