Blanketed in a feeling of effortlessness, comfort, and warmth, the Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2021 collection advocates for a way of dressing that is free of unnecessary complication.
The collection continues to build on recent, more streamlined brand codes while infusing an element of the ‘hand’, a prior Proenza Schouler focus, through subtle touches of crochet, fringe, and handknit. Sustainability and the repurposing of deadstock fabrics continue to be a driving force. Reclaimed, heavy double-faced cashmere cut into caftans and blankets envelop the wearer in protective and cocooning layers while keeping the overall effect decidedly streamlined and urban. Sharp but unconstructed suiting, rendered long and lean in bi-stretch technical gabardine and finished with a mix of artisanal and found vintage buttons, allows for total ease of movement important to any modern wardrobe. Knits, a central component of the collection, dissolve into fringed skirts and dresses at times, and merge with artisanal macrame at others. Leather remains a key message when cut into glossy, waxed tailoring and when pin-tucked and pleated into generous and loose smocks. Joyful, optimistic, and bright color is grounded by a base of rich, earthy neutrals.
Accessories compliment the collection’s clothing approach: signature styles, like the Tobo Tote are transformed through padded and smocked nappa. Pre Fall 2021 also introduces The Rolo family, an accessories grouping composed of hundreds of fine leather yarns and expressed in a new clutch and wedge shoe. Grounded, puffy flats and mules are reintroduced, this time in Japanese waxed yarns mirroring the ethos of craft found in the collection.
Pragmatism and substance merge with luxury and the comfort of tactile pleasure to establish a new approach, one that dutifully aims to serve the diverse and nuanced wardrobe needs of the contemporary Proenza Schouler woman during these times of unprecedented change.