Proenza Schouler Spring 2019 - Runway Review
September 10, 2018
Less special occasion and more everyday, the Proenza Schouler Spring 2019 collection was a collective breath of fresh air to both the fashion community and the New York Fashion Week calendar. After a two-season absence, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez returned their native Big Apple, a decision that informed much of the collection they showcased. In writing a new chapter, the designers didn't outright reject the notion of craft; rather, they turned to humbler materials as they continue to appease to women of all realities.
A moment of real discovery came via the German artist Iza Genzken, whose palette of work, including a vest she wore, informed the different iterations worn by Amber Valletta and Tasha Tilberg on the runway. That reality of fashion transpired in the expansive use of denim. It came in all forms... cut into blazers, A-line skirts, drop-waist dresses and ginormous totes in a trippy bleached-out acid wash. There was also canvas twill, which featured on monochromatic jackets, button-downs and trousers. Overall, the collection was devoid of any significant embroidery save for a shirt and an apron dress covered with silver studs. Short and sweet, with little to no color, print or texture, the collection nevertheless resonated.