Proenza Schouler

0917proenzaschouler.jpg TROPICAL FANTASY

Proenza Schouler’s collection seemed to take its girl on a surfing vacation, stopping through a rainforest on the way home. Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough played with activewear materials, elongating elements of traditional color-blocked board shorts into chic, slim pants and re-fashioning a royal blue and black windbreaker into a skirt, worn with a shiny perforated button-up shirt with utility pockets. The designers continued their Resort collection’s experimentation with tie-dyed techniques, but this season used vibrant yellows, greens and blues. Jungle scenes were suggested by distorted animal prints in brights and black and white, and an A-line dress embellished with green iridescent scythe-shaped sequins and exotic feathers evoked mossy tropical trees. Using whimsical details and an optimistic palette, Hernandez and McCollough seemed to take themselves less seriously with this collection, and the clothing was all the better for it.

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