MILAN (AP) - The Prada man dresses for comfort on his long global trek, but packs for a night out. The focal point of the Italian design house’s Spring/Summer 2017 menswear collection was active wear: drawstring active trousers or athletic leggings with contrast stitching for him, or walking skirts with corresponding drawstring hems for her. Colorfully strapped sandals ensure sure-footedness, while big backpacks adorned with drinking flasks and dress shoes give the air of adventure and self-sufficiency.
The must-have garment for next season: technical raincoats with satellite images of the Earth, pretty florals or a whimsical traveler's print. Backstage, creative director Miuccia Prada said that while recent collections were looks back in time, this one is set firmly in the now —with all its question marks. "The past is over. I want to take care of the present," she said. "The goal is to share with other people, other cultures, other mentalities."
She has given her man, and woman, the option to carry everything on their backs in big utilitarian backpacks, because you never know. But she's an optimist: pointy men's dress shoes hang from the backpacks and women's heels in celebratory cotton candy pink dangle from a handbag. "In case you want to have an evening out. That was fun," she said.