It's officially cold enough outside that we just want to cocoon ourselves in cable knit sweaters and ankle-length coats (that is, if we want to leave our apartments at all), so getting to preview the Proenza Schouler pre-fall collection this week was like stepping into our current sartorial fantasy.
Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez brought back some of the brand's most popular ideas from seasons past for the new range — specifically, the unwoven fringe from the spring 2015 finale looks and the pleated skirts from the spring prior — but this time, they're reinterpreted. The fringe appears mainly in the accessories (shoes are made from woven strips of leather that are coming undone) and the pleats are done in new materials, like a knit and a woven.
With a strong knitwear element — the cable knit sweaters in varying sizes are sure sellers — and the use of menswear fabrics in much of the outerwear, the collection as a whole exudes comfort and a certain heaviness. But the designers didn't sacrifice femininity: the silhouettes are long and languid, with dresses worn over full-length skirts or pants, and coats that hit mid-calf. Though this collection is more covered up than usual, it is still sexy and suggestive; pieces easily reveal the shape of the body.
This in-between season is a bridge between what Proenza Schouler's done in the past and what lies ahead, and we're very on board with the new direction. Click through to see the full collection.