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The Practical Perfection of a Prada Puffer

As the bleak midwinter makes downy coats seem more appealing than ever, we examine the functional glamour of Prada's padded puffer

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Set design by Samuel Pidgen

Puffer Jacket, Prada

Black nylon, fox fur collar


It is scarcely a revelation to say that the puffer jacket has seen a resurgence over recent seasons: voluminous winter coats have appeared on runways from Raf Simons to Balenciaga, Marques'Almeida to Alexander McQueen. But the greatest example of such a garment is surely this timeless Prada number, formed from black nylon in accordance with the house's codes of utilitarian elegance, and decorated with a fox fur trim lining the hood for optimum comfort.

Such a piece enjoys all of the familiarity of a school-gate staple but, by Mrs Prada's hand, is elevated into normcore elegance. It possesses an active disregard for seasonal trends in the manner one would expect from such a practical, plain black number – its down-filled nylon is both insulating and water-repellent – but isn't that irreverence what makes it quite so appealing? It is Prada, yes, so proclaims affiliation with a house renowned for its intelligent approach to luxury, but dismisses any outré fashion peacockery. Understated, but stated nonetheless: practically perfect in every way.


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