Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez said they were focused on "creating product: wearable, salable clothes that girls want" when they designed Proenza Schouler's Resort 2013 collection. Perhaps it's their new found responsibility as store owners — their first boutique will open in New York this July — that has them focusing on less directional offerings. Regardless, these boyfriend jeans, slouchy t-shirts, and relaxed tweed jackets and skirts, are sure to appeal to both loyal fans and new customers alike. Even the multitude of leather pieces — a sleeveless shirt, skirt, and jacket among them — seem designed with a wider customer base in mind.
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- Elle UK is turning over the production of its October issue to a group of yet-to-be-hired interns. The magazine has 10 open positions, from art director to news editor right up to editor in chief. "We're keen to show our appreciation for the invaluable support that interns provide," the magazine's editors said in a statement. "We also know it's tough out there, and want to help the next generation of fashion and media stars launch vibrant careers." [Elle UK]
- What kind of a dwelling do you spend your weekends in? Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler say they often while away their Saturdays and Sundays in a tepee on their property in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. "What can we say?" Hernandez asked. [The New York Times]
- Shalom Harlow stars in the newest installment of Alexander Wang's Confessions series, in which she talks about getting her start as a model — and about returning to the runway for Wang's Fall 2012 show. "I do feel some nerves, and I do feel the height of those shoes. I hope I don't slip," she says in the video. [Style.com]
- Victoria Beckham says she realizes she can look depressed in photos when she doesn't smile but that she really isn't as unhappy as she looks. "I don't feel like I have to scream and shout about it — I know I am a happy person. So I don't get upset when people comment on the fact that I look quite miserable all the time." [Fashionista]
Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing told Style.com that he'll be taking model Joan Smalls as his date. Anthony Vaccarello has confirmed he'll be accompanied by Anja Rubik. Jason Wu will attend with Karlie Kloss, and Haider Ackermann will walk the red carpet with Constance Jablonski.
The site has also confirmed another spate of pairings: Roland Mouret is taking Doutzen Kroes; Rachel Zoe and her husband, Rodger Berman, will attend with Karolina Kurkova; Erdem Moralioglu will dress Arizona Muse; and Thakoon Panichgul is taking actress Christina Ricci.
It has also recently been revealed that Heidi Klum will wear a "very very lacy and very very see-through" one-of-a-kind dress by Escada. Chanel's official attendee will be French actor Gaspard Ulliel, face of the brand's Bleu de Chanel fragrance.
Previously confirmed pairings include Alexander Wang and rapper Azealia Banks, who tweeted that she would perform at the Met Gala last week; Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez with Australian actress Isabel Lucas; and Joseph Altuzarra with Lana Del Rey. Coco Rocha will attend with her husband, James Conran, wearing a vintage dress by Givenchy.
The Met Gala will be live streamed for the first time from 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT on May 7.
Update: Everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Giovanna Battaglia has decided what they're wearing tonight. Below, a list of everything we know so far:
- Kristen Stewart will wear Balenciaga and attend the Gala with Nicola Ghesquiere.
- Gwyneth Paltrow will wear Prada. Linda Evangelista will also wear Prada, and will attend as Miuccia Prada's date.
- Renee Zellweger will wear Emilio Pucci.
- Jessica Stam will wear Dior.
- Cameron Diaz will attend with Stella McCartney.
- Lauren Santo Domingo will wear Oscar de la Renta.
- Kate Upton will attend the gala with Michael Kors, who is also dressing Jessica Alba and Liu Wen.
- Sarah Jessica Parker and Lily Cole wil both wear Valentino.
- Amy Adams will wear Giambattista Valli Couture.
- Scarlett Johansson is wearing custom Dolce & Gabbana, but the house will also dress Bianca Brandolini d'Adda, Andrea Dellal, Giovanna Battaglia, and Marpessa Hennink.
- Brooklyn Decker, Liya Kebede, Rashida Jones, and Tory Burch will all wear gowns of Burch's design.
- Kristen Bell and Dee Hilfiger will both wear Tommy Hilfiger.
- Dree Hemingway will wear Topshop.
- Farida Khelfa will wear vintage Schiaparelli.
- Emma Stone will wear Lanvin.
- Stella Tennant, Poppy Delvigne, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, and Sigrid Agren will wear Chanel.
- Claire Danes will attend the gala with her husband Hugh Dancy and Gilles Mendel. She'll wear J. Mendel, and so will Aerin Lauder and actress Christine Taylor. Taylor will attend with her husband Ben Stiller.
- Burberry will be dressing Cara Delvigne, Jourdan Dunn, Gabriella Wilde, Vanessa Kirby, Douglas Booth, Mario Testino, Casey Affleck, and Roo Panes.
- Prabal Gurung is dressing Greta Gerwig.
Photo: Doutzen Kroes wearing Giambattista Valli to the 2011 Met Gala.
>> Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have decided which high-profile woman they're taking to this year's Costume Institute Gala.
McCollough and Hernandez will be taking Australian ingenue Isabel Lucas, who attended last year's gala as a guest of Louis Vuitton. Lucas's star shines bright in the land Down Under, and it's been getting brighter in the United States since she starred in 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Since then she's also been tapped for Steven Spielberg's miniseries The Pacific and played the role of Athena in last year's Immortals.
The only other designer whose date has been revealed is Joseph Altuzarra, who will be dressing and escorting singer Lana Del Rey. She recently appeared on the covers of British Vogue and French Glamour. This will be her first time at a Met Gala.
Last year, Altuzarra walked the red carpet with Arizona Muse, while Lazaro and Hernandez took Kristen Stewart.
Photo: Isabel Lucas in Louis Vuitton at last year's Met Gala.
>> After a recent trek to the Himalayas, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were inspired to model tweed jackets after mountaineering parkas, fashion button-downs out of windbreaker nylon, and give coats and dresses quilting like sleeping bags. Thus, the Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2012 collection — which also finishes up with a round of bustier dresses and skirts in a silk jacquard pulled from a Google Earth aerial view of mountains.
>> Style.com's new magazine, Style.com/Print launches next Monday, Oct. 31. Meant to be a distillation of the Spring 2012 shows which ended earlier this month, the magazine, Eric Wilson writes, "is a surprisingly effective product, one that reads with a swiftness that is not unlike the experience of clicking through multiple screens at a time. The first 100 pages can be read in five minutes."
“We wanted to give the reader a sense of what it is like to go through the journey of the shows, from New York to London to Milan to Paris,” said Dirk Standen, the editor of Style.com.
Inside, there's a profile of Proenza Schouler in which Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough talk expansion plans: "We want to create easier everyday stuff, like jeans and a collection of more wearable shoes." Theo Wenner followed Lindsey Wixson (who appears on the magazine's cover) from her home in Wichita, KS, through the month of shows, and then back home again for a 27-page portfolio. There's a Q&A with Azzedine Alaia, Tommy Ton's street-style photos, top-10 lists of most-viewed shows on Style.com (Chanel was No. 1 with 3.5 million pageviews, followed by Louis Vuitton, Prada, Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana), Style.com's top 10 shows (Balenciaga came in first, followed by Lanvin, Prada, Givenchy, and Proenza Schouler). There are also lists of the most ubiquitous party people, "fashion maps of New York, London, Milan, and Paris," and "an illustrated guide to the world's fashion cliques — from Miuccia Prada to Aziz Ansari in six degrees or less."
The issue costs $14.99 on select newsstands across North America and Europe, including Kirna Zabete in New York, 10 Corso Como in Milan, and Colette in Paris, and costs $4.99 plus shipping to order online before Monday. (It will be $6.99 after.)
>> After the cash infusion Proenza Schouler received from 20 investors — led by Theory founder Andrew Rosen — in July, it was speculated that the money would be put towards a significant expansion of the label — in the way of accessories, retail, e-commerce, or potentially denim. It sounds like the last category will be the first focus: Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, who have collaborated with J Brand on jeans in the past, plan to introduce their first denim line in December or January. They were already fitting samples last week. [On the Runway]
>> Theory founder Andrew Rosen led a group of 20 investors in a deal that was finalized Friday, giving them ownership of a stake in Proenza Schouler. WWD reports that the group invested between $10 and $20 million in exchange for a minority stake equal to that held by Proenza Schouler's management. By comparison, Permira bought a 45 percent stake in the label — which it no longer holds — in 2007, for $3.7 million.
Apparently little of the new cash will be going straight to Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez; they are said to have passed up opportunities for a bigger payday in order to maintain more control over the label.
So where is the money going? It's speculated that before the designers venture into new tiers — like, say, a diffusion line — they'll focus more on accessories, retail, e-commerce, and potentially denim (they have collaborated with J Brand in the past). Earlier this year, Proenza Schouler CEO Shirley Cook also suggested that they've been considering a fragrance launch.
>> As suggested, after more than a year of negotiations, Permira has finalized the sale of its stake in Proenza Schouler to a group of investors that include Theory founder Andrew Rosen and John Howard.
According to a statement from Proenza Schouler, the new partnership is a "recapitalization" of the label and will allow it "to enter a new phase of development.” Valentino Fashion Group (which is owned by Permira and bought the 45 percent stake in Proenza Schouler in 2007 for $3.7 million) will keep a minority share in the new partnership.
“We are thankful to VFG for giving us a start, and allowing us to get where we are today,” Jack McCollough, Lazaro Hernandez, and Proenza Schouler CEO Shirley Cook said in a joint statement. “There’s so much we’d like to accomplish and have found the perfect complement in John and Andrew to help us realize our dreams.”
Rosen and Howard, meanwhile, jointly commented: “When we look at the current state of American fashion, we see the next generation focused in the advanced contemporary space. We believe that the Proenza business is the future of American luxury, and uniquely poised to compete in a global marketplace, which is currently dominated by European designers. In infusing this brand with our resources and experience, we will position this business to achieve its full potential."
This is a personal investment for Rosen, who also hold similar investments in Alice + Olivia, Gryphon, and Rag & Bone.