“FOR CREATIVE PEOPLE, TO BE EXCITED IS THE ONLY WAY”
VOGUE India|September 2021
Equally subversive, equally unpredictable, equally attuned to the contradictions of the cultural moment, co-designers Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons talk Afua Hirsch through the cross-pollination process behind their new collection for Prada modelled here by four electrifying actors
Afua Hirsch

SIMONE ASHLEY

“I love the gloves!” exclaims Simone Ashley of this look. “Why are gloves so sexy?” This bodes well. Ashley, 26, may be best known as mean queen Olivia in Netflix’s Sex Education, but soon the Surrey-born, LA-dwelling actor will be donning gloves (and bonnet) as the new lead in series two of hit costume drama Bridgerton— watched by 82 million households and counting. How does it feel? “The entire cast and crew have been working so hard,” she says. “I try not to think too much about what’s next. I find it easier to be grateful… and just give it all I’ve got.”

Jacquard and crêpe dress, jacquard boots, leather and faux-fur bag, leather gloves; all Prada

EMMA CORRIN

What “new beginning” is Emma Corrin, 25, most looking forward to this autumn? “Pretending I’m going back to school and buying myself bouquets of sharpened pencils,” says the actor, with trademark whimsy. Of course, Corrin is too modest to mention upcoming film projects, although they will next star opposite Harry Styles in 1960s-set My Policeman before taking up duties as Lady Chatterley in a new big-screen adaptation of the DH Lawrence classic. Ever since playing Diana, Princess of Wales, with eerie accuracy in The Crown, Corrin has been a star to watch, as well as a captivating red-carpet presence (remote, or otherwise). “Colour, sophistication and imagination all mixed into one,” Corrin coos of the Prada collection.

Corduroy coat, wool polo shirt, wool polo neck, leather boots, to order, sequinned bag, leather gloves; all Prada

Credit Prada with instigating fashion’s return to glamour.

Sequinned knit dress, faux-fur and jacquard stole, leather boots, wool gloves; all Prada

WUNMI MOSAKU

This past year has been a joy for fans of Wunmi Mosaku. In March, the 35-year-old Mancunian, who now lives in LA, received a lead actress nomination at the Baftas for His House (she already has a TV Bafta), and gave star turns in small-screen hits Lovecraft Country and Marvel’s Loki. Next up? “I’m excited for Call Jane to come out,” she tells Vogue, of co-starring with Sigourney Weaver in a film “about women’s reproductive rights in the 1960s”. It is her mission to work on projects with real meaning, and, with US abortion legislation again under scrutiny, she says, “Sadly it couldn’t come at a more timely moment.”

Jacquard and faux-fur stole, jacquard cardigan, wool button-through cardigan, sequinned headband; all Prada

JESSIE MEI LI

“I’ve had a lot of time to myself this past year, which I really needed,” says Jessie Mei Li of preparing for her next chapter, name: fame. From her lead performance as Alina Starkov in Netflix’s hit fantasy Shadow And Bone (series two is in the works), to her upcoming role in Edgar Wright’s film Last Night In Soho alongside Anya TaylorJoy, 2021 marks the year the 25-year-old arrived. ”I’m not one to plan ahead, but hopefully I’ll find myself in some interesting places,” she says. “I like not knowing what’s coming my way.”

Sequinned faux-fur stole, sleeveless jacquard and georgette dress, wool polo neck, wool opera gloves; all Prada

Miuccia Prada does not like collaborations. “I’ve been asked to do a collaboration since ages!” she exclaims, in heavily accented English. “They always seemed to be just about selling more—about clichés, banality, and not about ideas. I was never interested.”

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