The Proenza Schouler show is a high point of New York Fashion Week for us every season, and the collection that Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez presented on Wednesday night was another showing of their hip, re-imagnined sportswear that had the entire Fashionista office buzzing.
The clothing was slightly scholastic, but with the duo's signature injection of cool. There were structural jackets and skirts, rendered in eye-catching woven textures, leather and snakeskin aplenty. The sporty bombers and mixed-media coats that will likely be top sellers among the brand's downtown fans, and we expect to see one of the fringed finale dresses on a red carpet sooner rather than later. Finally, there's one deconstructed argyle sweater that might be our collective favorite piece of Fashion Month so far. Read on for our picks.
Alyssa Vingan, Senior Editor
Look 1: Perfection right out of the gate. The crisp white skirt, paired with a sporty, mesh vest and plaid shirt is a twist on a classic, preppy uniform that could be worn by the coolest girl in school.
Look 4, Look 6 and Look 32: The short white bomber jackets with leather detailing and the sporty long parka in the same shade made my heart stop.
Dhani Mau, Senior Editor
Look 31: I loved the clothes at Proenza, but this is pretty much my dream bag. It's luxurious and modern, yet unassuming and versatile. And, most importantly, black.
Nina Frazier Hansen, Creative Director
Look 22: Now this is a statement jacket. The moment I saw it I got tingles, but it's when the model turned and I saw the extra-wide contrasting belt at the back that I was sold.
Look 23: The mix of classic plaid and orange snakeskin on this bag is just twisted enough without being garish. I want to walk with it on my shoulder into from day into the night.
Look 27: Sorry Anna Wintour, this girl is never gonna get tired of head-to-toe black. This bad-ass look is made to be my work uniform. Also, fringe shoes!
Look 36: This look had everything I love: a big loose sweater, loads of fringe and some sex appeal in those see-through cut outs.
Steff Yotka, Market Editor
Look 7: As a person whose personal style philosophy is "the more covered up the better", I love that this dress manages to be demure and devastatingly sexy at the same time.
Tyler McCall, Assistant Editor
Look 28: Pretty much everything about this fits into my #aesthetic, most of all the shirt collar poking out from underneath. Also, how amazing are those shoes? So amazing.
Eliza Brooke, Staff Writer
Look 28: This is color and texture mixing at its best, IMHO. We've got loose weave, tight weave, leather, snakeskin, all tied tightly together with the unexpected combination of gray, black, maroon and icy blue. It's those last two that shouldn't work together, but oh, do they ever. The sweater is the keeper here, though, with its wide, slightly tomboyish sleeves.
Look 31: Expert color and pattern mixing here. The combination of black, white, maroon and icy blue is unexpected, but oh, does it work, especially when tied together into a sleek shift dress. Straight. Up. Cool.
Cheryl Wischhover, Beauty Editor-at-Large
Look 12: The color blocking with black and glen plaid on this grandpa coat just looks so cool to me.
Look 14: I love the idea of a leather perforated dress, but rendered in nurse-white with a modest shape.
Nora Crotty, Contributor
Look 35: Fitted, flattering, and deconstructed (but not in a moth-eaten way) — and the color is RICH.
While we have almost the whole collection covered, we suggest you click through the slideshow below to see the whole thing for yourself — and perhaps make your own shopping list.