An ancient 19th Century relic-of-a-building in the Manhattan Financial District set the scene for Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler fame for SS2013. Choosing a land far away was nice enough of something different to do for the fashion designers, who chose collage as their star item for the show.
Controversial remarks about blogging and peacemaking with personally (to them) distasteful criticism aside, this was a show about splicing up conflicting ideas and placing them in a polarised aspect. The first look on the runway was a chartreuse vest that had python inserts and collar, and a hip-slung leather skirt with a perforated and patchwork quality.
There were no masculine looks this season, it was all about feminine dresses and skirts. Exotic materials on casual American fashion, such as a denim vest, went well with all the snake leather details on panelled skirts. Samurai coats in oversized jackets, were paired with similar Japanese-style skirts, and the dresses came in chiffon, as well as printed slices that had prints of faces or mashed-up words playing with colour.
Just before NFW kicked off, the duo had opened their very own store on Madison Avenue, showing to the world how far just ten years in the industry had brought them. The shoes were mostly gladiator-boots that clashed remarkably in all its toughness with the soft and flowy fashion on the catwalk.
Ever since the designers graduated from Parson’s School of Design, they have really chosen to stand out with their professionalism. There was remarkable colour, embroidery, studs, and silver gromments on the catwalk for the Proenza Schouler showing for Spring/Summer.
Tumblr inspired them somewhat this season, relating to how it produces delights through its occurrence and the very randomness of its conversations, making them choose to be very bold and take photoprints and work them in a new way on clothes. They picked out scenes of busy crowds and a bunch of kids in a pool, as photoprints and snipped them into strips and then stitched them diagonally all-across, pushing the abstract envelope a bit too-high, rather well!