May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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New York: Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler looked south of the border for inspiration for their Pre-Fall collection, borrowing fine stripes from Guatemala and screaming bright knits from Peru. They also reprised the ikats that appeared for Resort; this time the pattern came in both micro and macro scales in a range of popping primary tones, rich navy and fuchsia against black or cream grounds. Slouchy sweaters, below-the-knee shorts and elongated blazers gave looks a tomboyish charm, the shorts’ wide legs hinting at gaucho styles. Spiraling seams on tees, tops and dresses made for an elegant bias drape and provided a feminine counterpoint to the quirkier, boyish styles. Last season’s hit, bonded tweed, made a comeback in the new vibrant palette, used for a standout wrap skirt, a slim jacket and a bell-skirted dress, but the knits were undoubtedly the highlight. Dimensional stitches, eye-catching patterns and a compelling palette are sure to make them some of the most coveted of the season. The lighthearted collection was yet another hit for Proenza Schouler, demonstrating the label’s brilliant mix of playfulness and sophistication.
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