Proenza Schouler may still be a relative fledgling label in the fashion industry, but, my god, they churn out incredible collections like they’ve been going for the last thirty years. Design duo Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez couldn’t be doing any better right now – and I am completely besotted with their new tiki Hawaii-inspired S/S 2012 collection.
The Spring/Summer line was deceptively austere at the beginning of the show, with neat waisted jackets in charcoal grey and prim little high collars, but look a little closer at the skirt and short suits and there was actually some cool, unusual tiger-print panelling. From a glance, a little bit drab – but get closer and it’s actually got a cheeky, subtle twist.
Dark muted tones soon gave way to crisp white tailored pieces and yellow florals. We especially loved their cute tie-waisted skirts in delicate blue and white prints with yellow floral overlay – so summery and playful that we want to hit the beach right away. There was a bit of a mesh between different eras – the Hawaiian-style prints reminded us of American summer holidays in the 1950s, while the super-sexy tiger-printed mini skirt-suits gave more than a nod and a growl to the power-bitch era of the 80s.
The 50s/80s era clash reared its head again in the collection when McCullough and Hernandez cleverly combined classic pin-up styles such as full-skirted sun-dresses and high-waisted beach shorts, but reworked the classic styles by making them in black and white PVC for a sleek, modern look. It might get a bit hot on the beach, but who cares if you’re lucky enough to be wearing a bit of Schouler?
All in all, it’s a really great, flirty collection that we can guarantee A-listers will be scrapping over very, very soon. To see our highlights of the Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2012 show, check out the gallery above. Surf’s up!