Since inception, Proenza Schouler has grown steadfastly more intricate in its efforts, as evidenced by the incredible display the brand staged for Spring/Summer 2017. This graphically striped and boldly colored collection was the result of marvelous engineering, which riffed on intensely pleated textures similar to the plissé dresses crafted by Issey Miyake. It is not without cause that Proenza Schouler expanded into more elaborate territory this season. After designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez returned from a recent expedition to a series of couture ateliers in Paris, they came back with a pocketful of new techniques to experiment with.
As one of the most fashion-forward brands at New York Fashion Week, Proenza Schouler continues to set the bar higher every season.
Among them was complicated origami-like construction that brought volume and dimensionality to optic dresses. Artful renderings combined with a nouveau-Mondrian palette that stacked brilliant primary colors together against somber black facades, and each proceeding look unpacked dozens of cool details like bonded leather paneling and keyhole cutouts. The first portion of the presentation showcased densely folded and draped color-blocked dresses followed by slope-shouldered column dresses with feathered tinsel peplum details. McCollough and Hernandez returned to their bandage-like construction of seasons past, tying up bodices in turban-like layers and knotting the fronts of sensual printed frocks. Glossy leather coats and multi-colored fur jackets provided outer layers, while boxy tees imbued the collection with a sportif attitude. As one of the most fashion-forward brands at New York Fashion Week, Proenza Schouler continues to set the bar higher every season.