As northern hemisphere dwellers are bundling up in multiple layers, so too is Proenza Schouler. But in a different way. For their pre-fall 2015 collection, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez took the greatest hits of their last couple of collections, tweaked and jumbled them ever so, then cobbled them back together to novel effect. Bundling done right.
For the most part, the duo combined and recombined argyles, plaids, checks, and some dark florals — all of which, despite their differences, looked great together. It helped to have a nearly monochromatic palette, save for a beautiful blue. The long pleated skirts of two seasons ago reappeared, as did the showstopping jungly fringe of last season that hung to the models’ knees. Accessories, too, didn’t disappoint. Proenza’s revamped accessories team has been cranking out killer shoes and boots, and in this collection they debuted what will be likely be another bag destined for wait lists, a schoolgirl-ish satchel named Kent.
The label is in the midst of rolling out standalone boutiques across Asia — specifically in Singapore, Bangkok, and Hong Kong — not to mention their two relatively new shops in New York. This collection will telegraph the brand’s codes nicely in all of the above. Which is to say, no grand gestures that require a fair of contemplation, but rather a homey stew that sits well.