Proenza Schouler is pitting itself against the greats.
As the procession of models stomped down the runway to the sounds of tribal drums there was something oddly superior about the Proenza Schouler Spring 2012 collection. Not superior in a self entitled, glances-down-your-nose, sniffs-at-the-plebes type of way but instead, a superiorty of design, of aesthetic, and of quality. Having long ago shaken the smell of new designer blood, though they are still fairly new, Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez seemed to be designing in the world of the Miuccia Pradas and Marc Jacobs of the world.
The inspiration was clear: ethnic, tribal even. With ratted hair, the models are made up with a bold brow. While prints, and high waisted pencil skirts seemed to rule the collection with more than a few splits, it was the last four looks that caught my attention. Glistening in the lights of the runway, the embroidered looks feature sheer cutouts.