POPSUGAR Fashion

Get Schooled by Proenza Schouler With a Lesson in Downtown Cool

Jan 24 2014 - 12:50pm

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have come a long way since presenting their senior thesis together at Parsons. Since their 2004 runway debut, Proenza Schouler [1] has established itself as the downtown cool girl's go-to brand, and its designers have made their mark by creating their iconic bustier, joining Target's list of collaborators, and causing an It-bag sensation with the irresistible PS1.

Now with three CFDA awards under their belt and an undeniable stronghold [2] on chic tailoring and fashion-forward fabrics, the boys of Proenza Schouler have joined the ranks of the designing elite. Until we see what's ahead for Spring 2015, we're looking back at highlights from Proenza Schouler's lifespan.

Fall 2014

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez took a definite departure from their past two collections, which eased up on graphic elements, and went whole hog with prints that looked like abstracted versions of everything from giraffe skin to zebra stripes to wood grain and beyond.

Fall 2014

There wasn't a single look in the collection that didn't involve prints, but a closer look reveals that many of them were actually more complicated, but the design duo grounded them in the shapes that have become their signatures, like this structured top connected to an orange-and-black skirt.

Fall 2014

If the clothes weren't cool enough, the shoes definitely made a statement. Every single model wore flats, making the pieces even easier to move around in.

Spring 2014

And where buttons or fur didn't do the talking, the designers let strips of shiny metallic fabric help their clothes capture attention.

Spring 2014

But even though the lines were mostly clean, there was some surface decoration in this collaboration.

Spring 2014

Proenza Schouler [3]'s Spring 2014 collection saw a continuation of the minimalist bent the designers took on in the previous season.

Fall 2013

Feathered and fringed made a statement in a black and white palette.

Fall 2013

Ladylike and finished in soft ivory, Proenza's new suit was on everyone's wish list for Fall '14.

Fall 2013

Sex appeal, restraint, and Jack and Lazaro's quintessentially cool eye were all at work in this semisheer black dress from the Fall '14 runway.

Spring 2013

Patchwork got a new meaning from geometric blocks of color and pattern.

Spring 2013

Lacy tops met colorblock skirts and gladiator boots for a tough edge.

Spring 2013

Sleekly tailored dresses were canvases for strong color and graphic prints.

Fall 2012

Intricate brocade and nods to the Far East defined the Fall dresses.

Fall 2012

Proenza Schouler [4] unveiled cool wrap skirts on the Fall '12 runway.

Spring 2012

The boys of Proenza Schouler [5] took to pairing prints and textures in unique ways — in this shot, we see vibrant florals paired with a cobalt-blue leather circle skirt.

Spring 2012

Tropical prints took the runway on ladylike cuts.

Spring 2012

Structured, ladylike silhouettes with unexpected edge defined the shape of Proenza Schouler [6] Spring '12.

Fall 2011

They also featured tribal-inspired prints.

Fall 2011

For Fall '11, the designers played with large-scale colorblocking and slimfitting silhouettes.

Spring 2011

Proenza's sheer layers. Leighton Meester [7] wore this dress in rust.

Spring 2011

Ethereal softness defined Proenza Spring 2011.

Fall 2010

The cutout dress also continued into Fall '10.

Fall 2010

Fall 2010 was punky and marked by bold pattern.

Spring 2010

The babydoll cutout dress highlighted Proenza's ability to mix girlie with cool.

Spring 2010

Proenza's Spring 2010 collection had a bold "city girl who surfs" vibe.

Fall 2009

Yet they still supplied their dose of original pattern and texture.

Fall 2009

An off-shoulder dress marked Proenza's return to polished looks in Fall 2009.

Spring 2009

They used technical fabrics to reimagine ladylike outfits.

Spring 2009

For Spring 2009, the theme was sporty and tough.

Fall 2008

Yellow became a repeat color for Proenza.

Fall 2008

Fall 2008 was about colorblock and big bows.

Spring 2008

We also saw their love for yellow.

Spring 2008

Spring 2008 was marked by short skirts and cinched waists.

Fall 2007

The coats were elegant but bold, Proenza style.

Fall 2007

Proenza went ladylike and totally sophisticated for Fall 2007.

Spring 2007

The body-conscious stripes were a highlight of their Spring 2007 collection.

Spring 2007

Raquel Zimmermann looked fantastic in this little striped dress for Spring 2007.

Fall 2006

A slim-fitted coatdress in Fall 2006.

Fall 2006

Leather pants and a total city-chic look in Fall 2006.

Spring 2006

And part girlie romance.

Spring 2006

Spring 2006 was part easy-breezy lightness.

Fall 2005

There was also a play on textures and prints.

Fall 2005

Fall 2005 featured a play in contrasts. Here, menswear trousers and a bustier top.

Spring 2005

The bustier became one of Proenza's iconic looks.

Spring 2005

Spring 2005 saw Liya Kebede strut in a purple pencil and floral-printed bustier.

Fall 2004

. . . and sporty, but edgy, separates.

Fall 2004

For Fall 2004, there was the bustier cup dress.

Spring 2004

A deco-inspired dress for Spring 2004.

Spring 2004

Proenza Schouler [8] debuted in Spring 2004 with preppy silhouettes, soft dresses, and techy fabrics.


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