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Milan Fashion Week

Prada SS18

Prada SS18 Getty

Superheroes were once again the order of business at Prada – Miuccia Prada picking up the thread that was started at the men’s show in June; this time though, the focus was defiantly on women. Collaborating with nine female artists to create the comic-strip illustrations that adorned the white-washed walls of the Via Fogazzaro show space, Mrs Prada was inspired by Tarpé Mills, creator of the first female action hero, and the idea of powerful women and feminine strength for Spring/Summer 2018.

As for the clothes, typically feminine pieces were layered with more masculine shapes – think floating dresses and silk bustiers teamed with boxy shirts buttoned up to the top, shorts and tailored trousers. Tweeds, leopard prints, brocades and comic-screen prints came apace partnered with coloured embellishment, punk studs and buttons.

Accessories will always be standout at Prada, and this season was no exception; for bags, the classic '90s nylon carryall got a punk makeover, while a statement top-handle bag decked with comic strips is sure to be a hit. Sporty knee-high socks, meanwhile, were teamed with futuristic trainers and studded sandals and brogues came in rainbow shades. All in all, the collection, much like the inspiration behind it, was varied in tone and styles, but one thing was clear: the future is female.