Designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough have created a stunningly beautiful seasonal transition with the Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2105 collection.
Pre-Fall offered them a chance to revisit the hits from Spring, dig further into their back catalog, and begin testing out ideas they’ll put on the runway for next Fall in February. The collection featured the wait-listed deconstructed argyle sweaters from last season morphed into special, woven plaid tops, with deep diagonal swags of fringe falling past the knees. Proenza Schouler helped set the trend for full mid-calf skirts when they showed their metallic foil versions a year ago. Here, the same shape was whipped up in easier-to-wear jersey knit. Looking forward, Hernandez and McCollough like a “long and liquid” silhouette. The plaid-on-plaid T-shirt and trouser “suit” worn with another plaid knit underneath was introduced with covered-up proportions with a long cable-knit sweaterdress buttoned up the back over one of those pleated knit skirts, and a long floral print blouse belted over a drapey fil coupe skirt.
As for the accessories, McCollough and Hernandez have introduced the “Kent,” a new, soft top-handle bag that comes in several versions, including ultra-tony croc. “There are two ways to grow a business, either accessories or a secondary line,” said McCollough. “We’re focusing on the accessories along with the ready-to-wear, and keeping it all on a high level.”