>> Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were all about a new tribal print theme for their Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2011 collection, and the duo's accessories are singing the same colorful note, from the eye-catching striped PS11, to two new tote shapes and the famous PS1 — dipped in never before seen hues and finishes. Footwear, meanwhile, varies from woven sandals to edgy black lace-up booties. Peruse the slideshow for the complete accessories collection.
>> Vogue is treading new cover girl territory, what with Kristen Stewart on the February 2011 cover and upcoming Vogue covers for two more first timers — Lady Gaga and Rihanna — but the Stewart cover also marks another first: Proenza Schouler's first Vogue cover. And the coup doesn't stop there — Stewart wears Proenza exclusively in the cover story, including outtakes.
Stewart first wore Proenza in November 2009, at the London Twilight Saga: New Moon premiere, but Lazaro Hernandez says that he and Jack McCollough hadn't met her physically until when they were photographed by Mario Testino together for the Vogue cover story. "She's very the girl we have in mind when we design," he added. "It's cool to see Kristen in the clothes because she's not 'the lady,' and that's exactly who we see in those clothes."
>> "We've never really done a knitwear statement," said Lazaro Hernandez. "It's just not something we've explored." So for Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2011, he and Jack McCollough did just that — experimented with statement knits. The collection highlights a range of ikat and tribal motif prints — "We have Guatemalan stripes, woven in Switzerland," said McCollough. And longer hemlines played a role, too. "It's so much chicer," explained Hernandez.
>> Andrew Rosen, who has invested in Rag & Bone and Alice & Olivia and hired Olivier Theyskens at Theory, was rumored to be circulating an investment in Proenza Schouler back in March. Not much has been heard about it since, but last night at Fashion Group International’s annual Night of Stars awards gala, Eric Wilson reports: "There was a little intrigue in the audience. Among the guests at the Proenza Schouler table, where [Jack] McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez sat with Anna Wintour between them, was Andrew Rosen, the Theory executive, who has reportedly expressed interest in taking a stake in the company." [On the Runway]
Kate Bosworth put on a Proenza Schouler dress and hit the red carpet with the label's designers, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, yesterday for the annual Night of Stars gala in NYC. Leighton Meester dressed up in Giambattista Valli for the event, while Jennifer Connelly got decked out in Balenciaga to present designer Nicolas Ghesquiere with the evening's Superstar statue. Kate was in the Big Apple during a break from shooting her raunchy new movie BFF & Baby in LA with Krysten Ritter, and Gossip Girl Leighton was likewise back on the East Coast following a trip west for the recent Hollywood Awards.
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>> Proenza Schouler recently sent flat sandals down its Spring 2011 runway. "Sensible shoes," noted Lazaro Hernandez. "Tranny shoes feel old, everyone's wearing them." But that wasn't the case for the amped-up platform oxfords seen on its Fall runway, which apparently aren't going into production. Opening Ceremony has six pairs of the one-of-a-kind shoes, straight off the runway. They range $750 to $1,000 and come in size 39 or 41. [@openingceremony]
>> After last season's school girl-inspired kicky mini skirts, thigh highs, and varsity jackets, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were ready to do "something a little more polished, maybe grown-up in a way, but our way," the latter explained. “We’d gone as short as we could, and as body-conscious as we could . . . So we took all these feminine codes — the embroideries, the flowers — and mixed them up in our own way."
Welcome the pink tweedy suits, the salmon matte croc coat, the ladylike pumps — no platforms — and the lingerie done in collaboration with Jean Yu (who also worked with Rag & Bone this season), allowing for a little covering up, a novel thought in this season of sheer. Also a surprise: flats on the Proenza Schouler runway, in sandal and knee-high gladiator form. But it wouldn't be a Proenza collection of late without a little fluoro — and it came aplenty, in acid green, pink, orange, and cobalt. Textures were complex in this collection — the first few pieces to come out had what Cathy Horyn termed the texture of "a freshly clipped poodle; no, a cauliflower; no, finer!" — and the label's trademark tie dye was reimagined this time with the ancient form of Japanese shibori.
Interesting to note: Victoria Traina was indeed listed as creative consultant on this collection, and Theory's Andrew Rosen — who was rumored earlier this year to be circling an investment in Proenza — was front row, just as rumors resurface that Rosen is looking to buy the brand from European private equity fund Permira.
Where Will Karl Lagerfeld, Naomi Campbell, Alexander Wang, and More Be For Fashion's Night Out 2010?
>> Fashion's Night Out is back with even more bang in its second year: in addition to a CBS special documenting the occasion, the official directory for the event — scheduled Sept. 10, from 6-11 pm —boasts almost 1,000 events, including a public fashion show for the first time ever. Check out some of the highlights, below.
1. Karl Lagerfeld Will Be In Town
He's hosting a Chanel dinner the night before Fashion's Night Out, and accepting a Fashion Visionary Award (from the Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology) at a luncheon the day of, so he's definitely in New York for the occasion. Word is he'll be at Chanel's Soho store — where they're also offering complimentary manicures and selling the forthcoming Les Khakis de Chanel nail polish collection for one night. Alternatively, the 57th Street Chanel boutique is offering visitors the option to color-customize their very own pair of iconic Chanel ballet flats.
Mary-Kate Olsen snuggled up to Proenza Schouler's Lazaro Hernandez this afternoon in NYC as they helped announce the plan for this year's Fashion's Night Out at City Hall. Both Mary-Kate and her sister Ashley have their plans for Sept. 10 set already — they're teaming up with us and Fab at their first-ever Elizabeth and James pop up shop! Ashley skipped out on today's press event, leaving Mary-Kate to mingle solo with heavy-hitters like Anna Wintour, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, and even Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mary-Kate is no stranger to hanging out with politicians, but it's Ashley who hopes to one day dress First Lady Michelle Obama. Ashley told Harper's Bazaar, "I'd love to get Michelle Obama in the Row. The simple suits and things. It's all made in America, so why not?"
We're big fans of Proenza Schouler and Vanessa Traina, so you can imagine our excitement when we heard the two joined forces to show off ProenzaSchouler.com's Limited-Edition Tie-Dye Tank. No doubt, Vanessa looks every bit the beach babe in Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez's pink tie-dyed confection. Each tank retails at $175 — $100 cheaper than its original tie-dye tank. Still pricey, but it might be worth it to own a piece of Proenza . . .