Designer Review: Proenza Schouler

| November 4, 2013
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Words by You Are What You Wear

YOU know that one designer who can never do any wrong in your eyes, and whose every single garment sparks the beginnings of a romance novel in your head? For me, that designer is Proenza Schouler – the brainchild of Parson’s School of Design graduates Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez.

Not only did these guys have their entire first collection bought by Barneys New York in 2002, and were awarded with the inaugural CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2004, they have also dressed some of the world’s most beautiful (and extremely famous) women.

The boys have raving fans in stylish celebrities such as Dakota Fanning, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Emma Watson, Leighton Meester, and Victoria Beckham. I can tell you I would sell my own mother to have even half of one of these women’s pinky fingers as a fan of mine (sorry Mum). It’s fair to say that Proenza Schouler has got it going on.

  • Rooney Mara in Proenza Schouler Spring 2014. || Image:
  • Dakota wearing Proenza Schouler at the CFDA 2012 Red Carpet. || Image:

As a whole, their collections are based on a strong fusion of craftsmanship and attention to detail with a huge emphasis on impeccable tailoring. Fresh, modern, and edgy, McCollough and Hernandez have created a line of easy-to-wear, classic staples with pops of custom developed fabrics.

Their Spring 2014 collection took me hours to view, simply because I drooled over everything.

As if a highly coveted line of womenswear wasn’t enough, the boys took on the world of handbags and accessories in 2008 – and did they succeed or what! They created an ‘It bag’ in their first attempt: the PS1. Every celebrity and their dog seemed to be carrying this understated satchel, and it’s not hard to see why.



If it’s good enough for Alexa, SJP, and Olivia, then it sure as hell is good enough for me.

Since the PS1, Proenza Schouler have released two more It bags – the PS11 and PS13, each becoming more luxurious and sexier than the last. They have also delved into designing shoes, scarves, jewellery, and even key chains… Is there anything these boys can’t do?

To purchase all things Proenza Schouler, head to their website here. Net-a-Porter also have a great selection.

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