Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2011

Harping back to those renowned acid prints and to surf inspiration, the Proenza Schouler duo Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez welcomed a return to their roots - the very thing which made the fashion world take notice in the first place. The pre-fall collection is a perfectly balanced juxtaposition between masculine cuts, eye-popping patterns and the pepped up accessories (the PS bag appeared as a clutch, while a pair of futuristic boots again recalled the label’s earlier collections). 

Modelled by the towering blonde beauty Julia Stegner, this collection saw the designers try their hand at chunky knits, mostly in sweater form, each printed with an original pattern and worn loosely over a masculine shirt, while board shorts were one of the most startling additions to the collection - below-the-knee length surfer wear that transitions marvelously in to the fashion world in a strange yet subtle bell-bottom cut and adorned lovingly with yet another colour strong print.

It was those board shorts, teamed with pieces such as loose blazers and nonchalant t-shirts that gave the collection it’s edge, while some block colour and patterned waist-cinched  dresses made these designs consumer friendly too. As Hernandez put it "we've never really done a knitwear statement, it's just not something we've explored." 

Somehow their bohemian twist translates to something with mass appeal: we all want to wear something unique, and these two provide it.

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