July 09, 2007
Dipping their toes into the resort pool for the first time, Proenza Schouler's Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough said they wanted to focus on "clothes for real people and good basics." Those imperatives translated into suits in caramel suede or cotton khaki, as well as the mix-and-match separatesa spangled bra top with a long cardigan and full skirt, or a beaded tank dress over a camp shirtthat've become their signatures. There was a touch of the twenties, which they riffed on for fall, in a drop-waist beaded sack dress, but if the clothes had a more direct point of reference, it'd be the of-the-moment seventies. That decade came through in the bow-front silk blouses, YSL-esque safari jackets, and Lauren-Hutton-in-Africa straw hats.