Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2011


Upon seeing Meenal Mistry's statement that Proenza Schouler's Pre-Fall collection was, "a highly refined take on the pieces you see worn by college students of the bohemian persuasion," I knew it was right up my alley. Especially when you consider my pre-existing affinity for the brand. The collection was chock-full of bohemian prints, most notably were sahara-toned ikats and bright, Spring 2011-esque fair-isles. While I didn't love the sweaters so much, I could definitely appreciate the bohemian take that Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez had on them, as opposed to the usual preppy association with fair-isle. The ikats were another story though. They felt very fresh, despite the recently overdone obsession with tribal prints. Ikats in blues and oranges stood out on the gorgeous dresses. However, they looked kind of dumb on the too-long, too-baggy bermuda shorts toward the beginning that were reminiscent of Proenza Schouler's scuba collection a few seasons ago. Another great aspect of the show were the three looks featuring monotone pieces with horizontal seams. Proenza Schouler isn't a brand like Calvin Klein who's known for simple architectural looks, so seeing them test out some classic design was definitely nice. Another thumbs up from me to McCollough and Hernandez.


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