The collection began with a series of oversized ruffles, adorning necklines and peplums that managed to appear both romantic and structural at the same time. The black, white and red color palate helped drive the opening pieces toward a more modern aesthetic, while thigh high front slits teasingly opened ankle length skirts as they walked down the runway. Leather chest plate harnesses mingled with floral print coats and dresses, with an occasional peep of midriff as the collection segued into more subdued horizontal ruffles, giving off an air of romance and innocence on pastel dresses with high neck lines. Gorgeous evening wear dresses appeared with drop waist adornments, creating a modern silhouette in contrast to the lace and floral print gowns. Strategically placed waist line cut outs added a flair of brash youthfulness and sex appeal, outlined by floating feather trim.
Showing during Couture Week allowed the designers to expand their knowledge of different techniques and the new found inspiration was evident in their latest collection. Bravo to the Proenza Schouler boys for setting out into new territory, without a guarantee of success, in search of new knowledge, and being able to translate that into a successful collection, without losing one bit of their It Factor.
Photos by GERSON LIRIO
Visual Editor OLGA SOROKINA