All Black, Of Course

Prada teams with three architects for its latest nylon collection

The Yoke bag designed by Elizabeth Diller can fold down into a handbag or can be worn like a backpack. (Courtesy Prada)

Just in time for Prada’s Spring/Summer 2019 womenswear rollout is the latest iteration of Prada Invites, a collaboration between the fashion house and leading designers, focused on Prada nylon.

This year, Prada has teamed up with three architects to design clothing or an accessory for women using black nylon. Elizabeth Diller, Kazuyo Sejima, and Italian architect Cini Boeri were all tapped to put their unique spin on the ubiquitous material.

Diller presented the Yoke Bag, a strap-and-pouch bag that can fold down to be carried with one hand or can be expanded and worn much like a life preserver. The Envelope, another example of transformable fashion, was also designed by Diller; what appears at first as a garment bag can also be worn as a raincoat.

Photo of a black nylon messenger back against a concrete floor

The Borsa by Cini Boeri is more subdued in styling but can expand or contract to fit the wearer’s storage needs. (Courtesy Prada)

Boeri contributed a more typical bag, with a long leather strap that can be slung over the shoulder but can be expanded or made smaller based on the user’s storage needs.

Photo of a black, U-shaped nylon bag with blue and pink handles

Kazuyo Sejima’s Yooo bag can be draped over the shoulders, or, upon removal of the curved end pockets, carried by the straps. (Courtesy Prada)

Sejima’s bags are more playful and modular than the others—the curved black bag with blue and pink handles, dubbed “Yooo,” can be draped over the shoulders like the Yoke Bag or carried by the handles. Additionally, blue, pink, white, and yellow pouches in irregular shapes and sizes can be attached for extra storage space and visual flair and adorn the longer “Daln” bag.

Photo of a long, rectangular black nylon bag with colorful pouches

Kazuyo Sejima’s lengthy Daln bag comes with attachable pouches. (Courtesy Prada)

The Spring/Summer 2019 iteration of Prada Invites follows the program’s launch during the Fall/Winter 2018 show in Milan, where Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron, French designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, and German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic all debuted pieces.

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