Americans Abroad: A Proenza Schouler Pitti Update-------
Lazaro Hernandez made a solo appearance at Il Buco today to discuss the label’s upcoming Pitti W show. The designer and his Proenza Schouler partner, Jack McCollough (who’s nursing a broken nose after the alleged Kiefer Sutherland head-butting incident), will present their Resort collection at a sixteenth-century Medici villa in Florence on June 18, but don’t expect a catwalk. “Two runways a year are enough for us,” said Hernandez. Instead, the pair has been working with Yvonne Force Villareal’s Art Production Fund to create a fashion experience, in which they’ve invited three U.S. artists to react to their clothes. In addition to a performance by the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, there will be an installation by eighties master Haim Steinbach and a video guest-starring Chloë Sevigny and Liya Kebede, among others, directed by Kalup Linzy. Excited about showing abroad for the first time, the designers want to fly the flag a bit: “We want to bring an American sensibility to Italy,” said Hernandez.