Miuccia Prada spoke to the Telegraph about her unusual resort showing, where women's and men's collections share the runway at Pitti Uomo.
While nearly all fashion houses tend to keep their catwalk shows gender-specific, Prada explained her decision to mix the boys with the girls backstage. "I think the combination is more real," she said. "It is more today. Otherwise it looks like we are in classes, in the time of my grandfather, women divided from men. The shows divided are so unreal and I think that it is when you put them together you get a sense of what is meaningful and real..."
However, Prada shows her bi-annual womenswear collections with a female-only cast, and is of course open to changing her mind; "Maybe next season I will change," says the 65-year-old tastemaker, "but at the moment it is two or three seasons where I feel like it's good when you do something that is meaningful to people."
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She further explained, as quoted in Tim Blanks' review for Style.com, "Anytime I do a men's show, I'm thinking this would be fantastic for women—or at least for me. And more and more, it feels instinctively right to translate the same idea for both genders," she said.
What do you think? Should more designers should concurrently? Is separation more practical for design and production?