The most arresting outfits from Prada’s spring 2022 menswear show paired what have long been thought of as incompatible objects: a broad-shouldered blazer and punched-up shorts. Even more strikingly, the look was not a one-off, but rather a recurring motif sent down the runway on multiple models. If donning a blazer with shorts remains one of the last third rails in contemporary menswear, then the dream team of Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons didn’t seem to care.
But a closer look reveals that the combo hasn’t been a no-fly zone for years—it’s long existed in menswear’s more high-concept (and high-end) corners. The off-kilter tailoring of Comme des Garçons has long included gussied-up shorts, some with flowing squat legs and others with blouse-like ruffles. The shorts suit is designer Thom Browne’s most iconic personal outfit, and