Thursday, 17 February 2011

Proenza Schouler Fall 2011

Here's a duo who know how to let a story tell itself. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the perfectionist pair behind Proenza Schouler, have crafted yet another narrative strong collection.

McCollough and Hernandez's palette was an array of earthy tones with vibrant tribal colours taking centre stage. Patterns were geometric, inspired by by a road trip to Santa Fe, where they found Native American blankets as a starting point. "Then we exploded them and we pixelated them,"said McCollough. 

The prints transpired into the beautiful garments you see in the collection. Low crotch trousers made of lightweight fabrics, and high, round necked dresses of a modest length. Complementary cherry reds and royal blues set the eye catching looks right off.

The two looks above were my personal favourite of the show. The texture of both skirts looks so rough and raw, with the tassels regressing back to last seasons leathers with fringing. The cyan and yellow are also both reminiscent of the native American theme working it's way through this collection.

More patterns emerged in the form of cosy knits, both top and bottom. Then this stunning mustard yellow coat, paired with a black leather blouse. (above)

These few evening looks were far too reminiscent of the 90's for me, the strappy black stilettos and wide square necks were just a little too much of a reminder of a decade many of us would rather put behind us. I'm also not a fan of the looks below, the blouses are far too garish and didn't really sit well with the rest of the collection, although the print carried them through effortlessly.

As in catwalk tradition, the final few eveningwear looks to come out were beautifully crafted. Skirts that flowed freely behind the models as they gracefully entered the runway in sparkling colours. Many of the dresses were cut into the elegant vision that we are so used to seeing from this design duo, this season they have not failed to perform.

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