Runway Recap: Proenza Schouler Pursues Softness

For the past few seasons the surprise at the Proenza Schouler runway show has been the clothes. This year however, us model-obsessed gals were the ones being treated to a big suprise, and right off the bat too. “Wait, is that… OMG it’s SASHA!” If there is anyone Sasha Pivovarova would return to the runway  for, after taking time off to have a baby , it would be Jack and Lazaro- they’re just that cool. So cool in fact, that they had one of the best and most interesting groups of girls we’ve seen so far. PS favorites Kel Markey and Hanne Gaby were in attendance as well as Fei Fei Sun, Liu Wen, and closer, Julia Nobis.  Many of the fresh faces we’ve seen in other shows like, Esther Heesh and Iris Oak, seemed to standout but, only slightly, which of course is a testament to the exquisite clothes that they were wearing.

The collection was a far cry from lasts seasons’ rainbow python and silk screened, tumblr-inspired prints.  Their starting point was a collection of photos documenting the slow deconstruction of beachside  homes, but the real pursuit was a certain softness, they said. “Softness of form, softness of color, softness of texture.” The collection wasn’t completely soft, of course, their recent affinity for boxy, away -from-the body jackets is still strong. This wasn’t the “fuzziness” that we saw at Alexander Wang, but it’s close. The first look was a solid white jacket with a solid black skirt. The looks that followed attempted to break down and blend those colors. The result was black and white boucles that resembled static from an old T.V. set.  , but they were not boucles at all. They were made from tiny strips of leather woven together! While they may have had deconstruction in mind, as always, there was a lot of labor that went into building this collection.  The Proenza boys aim to impress and they did exactly that.

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