Tactility Meets Practicality at Prada

On Sunday, Prada livestreamed its FW21 men’s ready-to-wear runway show from Milan. The first menswear collection designed by both co-creative directors Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, the show revolved around an unlikely item: the long john.

Each of the collection’s 42 looks was built upon a pair of jacquard-knit long johns designed to act as a “second skin”. With patterns ranging from dots to argyle, long johns appeared under scrunched-up suit sleeves and poking out the bottom of boxy overcoats and oversized bomber jackets — while most looks were finished with a pair of leather gloves with a zip-wallet attached.

An undergarment may seem an unlikely item to dominate a Prada show, but it’s an of the moment choice as comfort has taken on new significance during the Covid-19 pandemic. While most of us don button-ups or sweaters for Zoom meetings, it’s all cozy sweats and other non-office-appropriate legwear on the bottom. It’s high time somebody made webcam-worthy long johns. We’re glad it’s Prada.

Take a look at Prada’s ready-to-wear collection below.