MILAN — A night at Prada is always big, but this season a change of location and later show time facilitated an even bigger occasion. To start, the runway moved a couple kilometers to the south from the show space of many past seasons at Prada S.p.A headquarters to the Fondazione Prada. There, inside the nearly completed museum tower designed by Rem Koolhaas’s OMA, an angular black mirrored runway stretched to the precipice of the fourth and fifth levels looking out toward neon Prada signs beaming  monkeys, bananas, dinosaurs, and more from atop telescopic arms raised high above the train yards of Porta Romana. This highly orchestrated tableau set the stage for a runway show that would inevitably strike the most resonant tones echoing throughout the zeitgeist. Strength in times of adversity, this sustained moment of #MeToo and #TimesUp, could be seen in a collection that presented multiple faces, delicate, pretty, utilitarian, pragmatic even. This too was reflected in a strong lineup, perhaps the most diverse in recent years, which featured worldwide Prada exclusive and campaign face Anok Yai, who opened the show, followed by a further eight models from across the Next global network including Lineisy Montero, Maud Hoevelaken, Eniola Abioro, Karolin Wolter, Oumie Jammeh, Binx Walton, Nastya Cherkasova, Nimue Smit. Anok’s journey from viral sensation to bonafide Prada star has proceeded at an accelerated pace, which bespeaks volumes about her legitimacy. Virality can be fluky, which Prada is not nor for that matter is Anok. What a night!

Credits include: Client, Prada; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Fall / Winter 2018; Creative direction, Miuccia Prada; Styling, Olivier Rizzo; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Casting, Ashley Brokaw; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.