With this year's CFDA Designer of the Year award landing on their mantle piece last week, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCullough of Proenza Schouler are the reigning princes of New York fashion. The duo's tastefully experimental collections have--season after season--garnered critical praise for their clarity of vision and elevation in execution.
Aesthetically speaking, these guys take you somewhere, and they do so with both confidence and cool. For Resort 2014, they didn't drop the ball--just the hemline--offering up an unexpected and bold key piece: Get ready for a midi-length, knife-pleated half-circle skirt. Boxy jackets worked as an unexpected foil to the genteel femininity of the aforementioned, lampshade-silhouette skirts; so did pebble-texture and zig-zag prints that seamlessly complemented the visual rhythm of small-scale pleating.
In this demi-season (subject to each-and-every designer's individual interpretation in terms of editorial viability and commercial reach) Jack and Lazaro have opted for a dynamic assortment of wear-now core pieces. Their gusseted-envelope interpretation of the PS1 handbag was in keeping with this strategy and won't sit on shelves long when they deliver.