Proenza Schouler to Re-Release First-Ever Collection

Proenza Schouler turns 10 this year. To celebrate, Barneys is re-releasing the label's first-ever collection (with some tweaks of course). When Barneys famously snapped up Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough's Parsons senior thesis collection back in 2003 it gave the label instant, well-deserved buzz--buzz that hasn't worn off over the last decade: Proenza Schouler nabbed their third CFDA womenswear designer of the year award this past Monday. (Talk about good timing.)
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Proenza Schouler turns 10 this year. To celebrate, Barneys is re-releasing the label's first-ever collection (with some tweaks of course). When Barneys famously snapped up Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough's Parsons senior thesis collection back in 2003 it gave the label instant, well-deserved buzz--buzz that hasn't worn off over the last decade: Proenza Schouler nabbed their third CFDA womenswear designer of the year award this past Monday. (Talk about good timing.)
A look from Proenza Schouler's re-issued first collection at Barneys (WWD)

A look from Proenza Schouler's re-issued first collection at Barneys (WWD)

Proenza Schouler turns 10 this year. To celebrate, Barneys is re-releasing the label's first-ever collection (with some tweaks of course).

When Barneys famously snapped up Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough's Parsons senior thesis collection back in 2003 it gave the label instant, well-deserved buzz--buzz that hasn't worn off over the last decade: Proenza Schouler nabbed its third CFDA womenswear designer of the year award this past Monday. (Talk about good timing.) So it's only fitting that Barneys will be the exclusive retailer for that same collection, updated for today.

The reworked collection (it's 19 pieces whereas the original collection was just 11 pieces and the patterns have been adjusted) goes on sale at Barneys in New York and Los Angeles tomorrow. “[Barneys] started our career," Lazaro Hernandez told the New York Times. "So the idea of reissuing the first show felt full circle."

But 10 years later, does it hold up? The designers were concerned.

“They don’t look like they’re from 10 years ago, right?” Jack McCollough asked WWD's Jessica Iredale. Right. 10 years later, the pieces still look pretty modern (though maybe that has something to do with fashion's crazy-short cycle which seems to be bringing the early oughts to the forefront again). Some tweaks were necessary, McCullough admitted, because the duo “did all of the original patterns back then," and they "weren’t the best patternmakers.”

Prices range from $850 to $5,650. Stand out pieces include a cracked white leather coat with a raccoon fur collar, and that silver bustier top the designers were known for in their early days (remember when it showed up in their Target collection?).