prada invites koolhaas, grcic, the bouroullecs + herzog & de meuron to design menswear

prada invites koolhaas, grcic, the bouroullecs + herzog & de meuron to design menswear

for the first time, prada has invited four renowned creatives to each work on an item of clothing. for the FW 2018 menswear show, which was staged within an AMO-designed venue, the italian fashion house tasked ronan and erwan bouroullec, konstantin grcic, herzog & de meuron, and rem koolhaas with creating an item using black nylon fabric. the result is four radically different approaches that investigate the poetic, practical, technical, and aesthetic aspects of the material.

PRADA invites FW18
design by rem koolhaas
all runway images courtesy of PRADA 



for his design for PRADA, rem koolhaas proposes a reinterpretation of the backpack, which he says is ‘more suitable to the contemporary urban citizen’. carried on the front, the rucksack’s contents are accessible to the wearer at any time, featuring an unusual criss cross strap on the back.

prada invites koolhaas, grcic, the bouroullecs + herzog & de meuron to design menswear
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the bag is divided in compartments, dimensioned to accommodate the devices that ‘enable modern life to unfold’. ‘the frontal position gives a more intimate sense of ownership — a better control of movement, avoiding the chain of oblivious collisions that the backpack inadvertently generate,’ koolhaas explains.

prada invites koolhaas, grcic, the bouroullecs + herzog & de meuron to design menswear
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herzog & de meuron draws from the theme of language in a trio of designs including a printed men’s t-shirt, shirt and jacket. ‘text is perceived as design, pattern, or decoration, comparable to the once potent symbols and signs, now tattooed onto human bodies without number,’ explain the architects.

PRADA invites FW18
design by jacques herzog and pierre de meuron



‘language, words, entire passages as ornamental tattoos? the language that we encounter here is like an archaeological find, as fascinating to us as ancient scrolls or coins because we sense that its time is running out,’ they continue. the design works on the idea of bringing words closer to the body whilst referencing the power of visual imagery with the inclusion of faint stencils of figures as if shot from a voyeuristic angle.

prada invites koolhaas, grcic, the bouroullecs + herzog & de meuron to design menswear
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the bouroullec brothers have designed a shoulder bag that takes inspiration from the act of carrying art folders, their rigid form and its contrast with the human body. the folio – which is accented with pops of yellow and blue – includes inside sleeves and pockets for varying objects and comes in two different sizes and various colours.

PRADA invites FW18
design by ronan and erwan bouroullec



‘I’ve always liked the profiles of people — architects, painters and students — walking around with art folders,’ ronan bouroullec says of his design.the movement of that rectangle, its clear-cut, fixed geometry contrasting with the moving bodies. this project takes that geometry and instills it in a shoulder bag, with its inside gusset, low fastening, elastic bands and eyelet, and use of a single color, which produces a subtle graphical playfulness.’

prada invites koolhaas, grcic, the bouroullecs + herzog & de meuron to design menswear
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konstantin grcic’s design is informed by fishing vests — a traditionally expandable, versatile, and lightweight garment. ‘the key reference for my proposal is the fishing vest, representing the idea of a bag (which is what the nylon material has been primarily used for) as a garment,’ grcic describes. ‘my first thought was to recreate joseph beuys’ famous fishing vest in prada black nylon. later, I worked on two models, which interpret the theme in a more abstract way: apron and hood.’

PRADA invites FW18
design by konstantin grcic



the piece is one of three designed by grcic for the collection, including a detachable vest to go with the apron. how these unseen pieces will impact the evolution of the collection is sitll yet to be seen.

prada invites koolhaas, grcic, the bouroullecs + herzog & de meuron to design menswear
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prada invites koolhaas, grcic, the bouroullecs + herzog & de meuron to design menswear


  • why ask designers who dress badly themselves?

    Jupa says:
  • The above stated opinion is at best arbitrary, actually it is above all a superficial statement.
    There is no evidence that industrial designer would be less competent in creation of “humanswear”, than so called fashion designers. The whole operation should actually be perceived as a marketing concept — deploying of the design and architecture celebrities to interpret also a theme of “body fashion” – especially for men – would address a market of design, architecture aware/well-off clients, who are willing to spent money to enjoy a body-connected experience, accomplished by the established creators, finally it si affordable than to strive for a building e. g. from Koolhas, and they already possess an Authentics litter bin, or some of the Vitra table accessories from Bouroullecs…

    The artifice is in the adding “the other celebrities” to the label… The critics belong perhaps to certain devaluation of design potential to a mere hedonistic stimulus, but who actually nowadays cares for (e. g.) V. Papanek, et tutti altri… But this would already be another story.

    Ladislav Kubo says:

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