Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler have created a Spring/Summer collection that brings you a world of separates and fun party dresses in an assortment of vibrant colours.
The detailing is what makes this outfit so exciting. The graphic print shines in electric greens and yellows with fringe that falls well before the knee. This dress is the perfect eye-popping party dress and it combines the hardness of the print with the soft playfulness of the fringe.
The juxtaposition of hard and soft creates an interesting effect that produces movement out of a fabric that would normally be perceived as merely durable and better tailored to form-fitted silhouettes. By layering fabric and fringe, there is a flow to the skirt that provides interest without over-embellishment.
The best part about Proenza Schouler’s collection for Spring/Summer is that their ready to wear pieces are very versatile, with potential for casual and evening.
Blazer: The blazer could be matched with your favourite pair of fitted denim and something as easy and simple as a basic white t-shirt. You can even dress the blazer up with a sequin mini dress and killer heels to perfect a very sexy night time look.
Blouse: As for the blouse, it is simple enough for a daytime work look if combined with a smart trouser or pencil skirt, but because of its sheen, it can be accompanied by a modest black short short for daytime or miniskirt for late-night drinks. Practicality is something that is easily measured in Schouler’s Spring/Summer collection, because nothing is too garish to work for just “the right person.” A shimmering blouse and oversized blazer are simple and elegant separates that should become staples in every woman’s wardrobe.
Shirt-wrap skirt: The ‘skirt’ is the most playful and original design of the above outfit. It looks as though the model has wrapped her boyfriend’s Oxford shirt around her waist, along with anything else she could find on his floor. This look is not for everyone, but given the lax attitude it captures, it really does not work for the office or a meal at your favourite restaurant. This creation will hit a note with anyone bored of the traditional skirt silhouettes and I can see it being worn to an art opening, magazine launch and even on a daylight stroll through the city. The practicality of this dress comes from the fact that it is a look that most people have attempted at one point in their lives (wrapping a sweater around their waist) unsuccesfully. Schouler ups the style quotient with this ‘skirt’ because it takes that nostalgic aesthetic and makes it sexy and less frumpy. Still, it cannot be worn by every woman because the skirt does add bulk, so it would only really work with a slim silhouette.
The Cat’s Meow
There is nothing more sexy than a woman who embraces colour without going overboard. I am not bored by this outfit and I also haven’t uttered the phrase “try-hard” which suggests that McCollough and Hernandez have made something special. This is a shape we have all seen before, but how colour and texture are paired is what makes this design the most appealing. Once again, they have explored separates, but this time with less emphasis on traditional staple pieces. The bright animal print screams “take me to the LA club scene.” Somewhere in LA-LA-Land, Rachel Zoe is just dying over this one.