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The Enigma of Perception: Prada’s SS25 Menswear Show

2025 SS Prada Men’s Show, Milan, IT / OMA

The Prada SS25 menswear show, curated by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, delves into the realms of truth and pretence, blurring the lines between what is real and what is not. The audience is encouraged to question their perceptions and take a closer look at the intricacies of the collection.

Set in a fairytale-like ravescape created by OMA within the Deposito of Milan’s Fondazione Prada, the show brings people together. A simple white hut stands as a symbol of the essential and the genuine, reflected in the uncontrived and straightforward garments.

2025 SS Prada Men’s Show, Milan, IT / OMA

Connected to this totem is a walkway that gracefully curves downwards, leading to the official walkway. This utopian concept allows the imaginary to propose a new reality, as shared by the brand.

2025 SS Prada Men’s Show, Milan, IT / OMA

Titled Closer, the SS25 men’s collection by Prada explores the emotional aspect of closeness – the innate human desire for proximity and connection. Being closer also alters perception. From a distance, the pieces may appear simplistic or naive, but up-close, they transform into dynamic and animated creations.

2025 SS Prada Men’s Show, Milan, IT / OMA

Wired details bring collars and hems to life, as if they possess a vitality of their own. Purposefully creased, patinated, and aged, the garments bear the marks of time, embracing imperfections as a testament to life and authenticity.

2025 SS Prada Men’s Show, Milan, IT / OMA

According to Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, “Pieces stolen from father or mother sit differently on the body. Exaggerated proportions, intentionally long or cropped, are instinctively combined – a superhero sweater reimagined in a new context. Bernard Buffet paintings make an appearance, printed like concert t-shirts. Items from diverse origins are juxtaposed in unexpected contrasts, yet with thoughtful spontaneity and careful consideration. There is a spirit of freedom, youthful optimism, and energy that permeates the Prada SS25 men’s show.”

Image courtesy of Agostino Osio