WORDS BY SUZIE BAKOS
The Italian powerhouse brand’s most iconic collection makes its return. Prada Re-Nylon is back this season with a fresh line-up of bags, shoes and, for the first time, ready-to-wear. Putting sustainability at the forefront, the label regenerates nylon in the making of each piece, including cocktail dresses for women, tailored overcoats for men, and a new iteration of the signature Prada Re-Nylon backpack. Discover how Prada creates these conscious pieces and shop the new-season Prada Re-Nylon collection below.
What is the Prada Re-Nylon project?
Classic, timeless and truly iconic, Prada’s sleek, smooth nylon pieces have become synonymous with its house style codes. And now, that style is combined with substance: taking this enduring look and evolving it into an everlasting, circular design.
Having made its debut in 2019 as a capsule of six classic pieces, the Prada Re-Nylon project has since evolved into a full collection of clothing, footwear and accessories for the new season. This latest collection is an expansion of the original concept with a statement of sustainability running throughout: the fashion house has a company-wide goal to convert all Prada virgin nylon into regenerated nylon by the end of 2021.
Two firsts are celebrated this season: the collection has been translated into ready-to-wear, and both of Prada’s signature nylon textiles — the hard-wearing nylon gabardine and the lightweight nylon Piuma — are offered in sustainable Re-Nylon fabrications.
The Re-Nylon process
The first step in creating Prada’s Re-Nylon pieces is recycling and purifying plastic collected from oceans, fishing nets, landfill and textile fiber waste globally. Then, through a process of depolymerization, purification and transformation, they become new polymers and then eventually threads, which can be recuperated and made into new nylon fabric.
This process demonstrates the circular fashion idea perfectly and presents a new form of luxury. For Prada, this forward-thinking ethos is central to its house codes as it showcases its flair for invention, experimentation and progress thanks to a revolutionary new material and a radical proposal to reinvent the past.
Sustainability is central to the process and this makes the end product durable and long lasting. The diagonal weave and compact construction of the Re-Nylon pieces increase the water-repellency of nylon, meaning water droplets slip off the fabric more easily. Plus, its innovative surface finishing does not allow dust and oil to attach easily to the fabric, making it easy to clean.
The new Prada Re-Nylon collection
Prada’s latest Re-Nylon collection uses the iconic 1984 Prada nylon backpack as an inspirational starting point — a notion of recycling and regeneration, which is a central theme of the fabric. It is reworked via dresses with front pockets, buckles and webbing shoulder straps: a hybrid of bag and ready-to-wear with a utilitarian aesthetic.
Elsewhere in the collection, technical sportswear elements are found in both menswear and womenswear. Slimline tailored overcoats offer a smart overtone for men, while the women’s line takes on a dramatic feel with cocoon coats and cocktail dresses.
This collection also features the first Re-Nylon footwear, which is constructed with regenerated nylon used to create new iterations of the Monolith combat boots, shoes and sneakers. The accessory offering includes hats, belts and various bag silhouettes, such as belt bags, backpacks, cross-body styles and an archival Re-Edition model drawn from 2000.
All of the pieces in the collection feature the Prada Re-Nylon logo — the Prada triangular logo reworked as a looping arrow; a symbol of renewal and of the circular life of Re-Nylon.