proenza schouler breaks in paris' newest party spot
The David Lynch-designed club Silencio is the biggest opening Paris nightlife has seen in some years, a sprawling, gold-foiled members-only venue by and for artists of every stripe. (If this week is any indication, then, yes, partying counts as an art form.) In addition to the requisite bar and dance floor, it has an art library, a fumoir, concert spaces, and a screening room—that last feature, not to mention Lynchian leanings, making it perhaps the only fitting place in town to premiere Snowballs, a collaboration between Harmony Korine and Proenza Schouler. The haunting, singsong short, styled by Pop magazine's Vanessa Reid, is the indie director's second collab with the label, this time with layer upon layer of the duo's American Indian-inspired Fall '11 collection worn by twins wandering through a dogeared Nashville suburb. "We love how Harmony twists things and makes them his own," the designers said. "We let him take our ideas and sift them in his own little 'Harmony' way. It's a crapshoot—but it's always a nice surprise."
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were on hand early to welcome friends and admirers, including Vanessa Traina, Olivier Zahm, André Saraiva, and Lindsey Wixson. They were far from the only Americans in town for the week, but for them, Paris was only a fly-by en route to points farther east: namely, a vacation in Bhutan, Nepal, and Thailand. "Maybe we'll come back as monks," they joked. Oddsmakers would give that a Snowballs chance in hell.