New York Fashion Week: Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 16
The power of craft
Ahead of the show, Lazaro Hernandez said "No spectacle. No fireworks, We just wanted to show the power of craft and clothes-making" – and that they did. Together with co-designer, Jack McCollough, both Hernandez and McCollough (pictured below) stunned the audience with their Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 16 collection, soon proving the clothes themselves were in fact the actual fireworks Hernandez had previously dismissed.
Redefining modernity, femininity and confidence, a goal that every designer strives to achieve, the collection ticked all of the boxes at – fireworks without a doubt were in the air.
The kings of craftsmanship and attention to detail paid homage to their roots with carefully constructed pieces that exuded hot-blooded romance without feeling provocative or distasteful. On a palette of black, white, red and a single green dress, trims included pom-poms, black ribbons, structural ruffles and off-shoulder cuts. Decorative elements that really captured the spotlight included feathers and a very simple, undone grosgrain ribbon which was shown on black against white and vice versa throughout the collection – cinching across collars, waistlines and skirt detailing. A reoccurring theme throughout the Spring/Summer 16 collection, the black grosgrain ribbons even laced up open backs of dresses and formed a delicate harness on the front of a scarf dress that looked like two pieces.
With a hint of Spanish flair, one might assume the designers looked to the flamenco flair for inspiration, however both McCollough and Hernandez both brushed it off. "Well, I'm Latin," Hernandez said. "But no, it's not Spanish at all. We looked at everything."
Discover the collection in full via our gallery below...