Designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough swapped the elaborate embroideries for the straightforward appeal of denim and the codes of American sportswear for the Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2019 collection.
For Pre-Fall, they continued weaving in some of their own familiar codes, as in the bra-cup detailing, the slip dresses that they layered over skinny, ankle-zip flares or full trousers, or showed under an oversize raw felt topcoat, gave this collection a sensuality.
Yhey showed tie-dyed shirts in new colorways with pleated knit skirts. Tie-dye is everywhere, but these look identifiably Proenza Schouler.
Making something as universal as a blazer into a signature is a harder project. Hernandez and McCollough’s efforts here revolved around deconstruction. The lapels of a checked blazer, for example, were semi-detached and could be wrapped artfully around the neck like a scarf. The jacket looked boss paired with an equally deconstructed chunky knit sweater and chambray acid-wash full-leg trousers.