25 posts tagged "Lazaro Hernandez"
When Deerhunter, the critically beloved rock band, released their new album, Monomania, last week, music magazines and blogs ran press photos of the five-piece outfit in what looked like a cross between Chanel and intergalactic officers’ uniforms circa 2113. They didn’t arouse much notice from the music community, which is more or less used to outlandish antics from the band and, especially, from its 6’4″ front man, Bradford Cox—he’d recently attired himself for the band’s Jimmy Fallon performance in a black shag wig and bloody tourniquet wrapped around his fingers. (It was a tribute of sorts to his father, who’d lost two fingers in a band-saw accident.)
The fashion tribe, on the other hand, will probably recognize the looks: They’re from the standout Fall ’13 womenswear collection by Proenza Schouler, who, as it turns out, art directed the shoot for the band. “It’s some of the only really new music we listen to,” designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez said. “Bradford sent us an early copy of Monomania, and it’s pretty much on repeat in the studio these days.” The two met the band after a performance at PS 1 a few weeks before their show and invited them to the Fall show. “When I saw the clothes, I was immediately struck by how much they fit into a certain aesthetic consciousness that I so often subscribe to on this new record,” Cox told Style.com. (He called in from the road, where he’d just done a quick detour to Hank Williams’ grave in Alabama.) “A sort of futurism but using quite nostalgic patterns. They seem to evoke a sense of white noise. I think they’re incredibly suggestive of a certain sound. It’s a perfect match for what we were trying to achieve.” An invitation from Cox to dress the band for their cover shoot soon followed.
A photo from the shoot, taken by the band’s longtime collaborator Robert Semmer over the course of what McCollough and Hernandez called “a very long and very interesting evening,” now covers the back of the new album—at least, for those who still buy physical CDs. (The front, in deference to its title, is a neon sign reading, “MONOMANIA”: that is, single-minded obsession.) “It was nothing like any fashion shoots we have ever been on,” the designers said. “It was totally off the cuff. It wasn’t at all about the clothes, which for us was a first, but more about having fun and playing around. It was totally outside any fashion context, which we loved.” The feeling was mutual. “I don’t think there’s a single other designer out there who holds a match to what they’re doing,” Cox said. “Honestly there was nothing in [fashion] that interested me—only the clothing of Proenza Schouler showed me anything worth looking at. I think they honestly are the most artistic and the most liberated of all the designers.”
Monomania (4AD) is out now.
The CFDA and Swarovski partnered to reveal the 2013 CFDA Award nominations tonight at an event hosted by CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg and Nadja Swarovski. The nominees for the June 3 event are below, and like last year, the awards will be broadcast on Style.com the day following the event. Congratulations to all the nominees and honorees—with an especial nod to our very own Tim Blanks, winner of this year’s Eugenia Sheppard Media Award. If we do say so ourselves, well deserved.
WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Marc JacobsJack McCollough and Lazaro Hernadez for Proenza Schouler
MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Steven Cox and Daniel Silver for Duckie Brown
ACCESSORY DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Phillip Lim for 3.1 Phillip Lim
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR WOMENSWEAR
Shane Gabier and Chris Peters for Creatures of the Wind
Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs for Cushnie et Ochs
Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis for Suno
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR MENSWEAR
Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR ACCESSORY DESIGN
GEOFFREY BEENE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy
Tim Blanks of Style.com
Oscar de la Renta
BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ TRIBUTE AWARD
Thanks to Suzy Menkes’ recent T magazine article “The Circus of Fashion,” and the mobs of shutterbugs outside the Fall ’13 runway shows, the hysteria that is street-style culture was a hot topic this fashion month. What’s the obsession? How did we get here? And how is it affecting, and indicative of, the state of the fashion industry? In a new film titled Take My Picture, Dasha Zhukova’s Garage magazine examines all this and more. Through footage of the ever-growing sea of bloggers at fashion week, and commentary from the likes of Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, Susie Bubble, Phil Oh (who describes street-style snapping as “trench warfare”), and Style.com’s own Tim Blanks, Garage dissects what makes bloggers, and their increasingly wildly dressed subjects, tick. The mini-doc debuts exclusively above, and will be up on GarageMag.com this weekend.
As we enter into a month of fashion shows, we’ve asked some of this season’s biggest stars and most anticipated new talents to offer a sneak peek. Naturally, it’s a busy time for everyone—designers and fashion watchers alike—so we’re pioneering the split-second preview: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. To view all of our Fall ’13 previews, click here.
WHO: Proenza Schouler, designed by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez
WHERE: New York, NY
WHEN: Wednesday, February 13
WHAT: “Surface.” —Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. The designers sent us an inspiration image, above.
Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez kicked off today’s WWD CEO Summit, participating in an engaging discussion moderated by Bridget Foley. (Karl Lagerfeld wrapped the summit this afternoon. Check back for more on that later.) The interview centered around a number of topics, namely their ascension as one of the most sought-after labels in fashion, as well as their surprisingly successful turn in the accessories business with the breakout of their PS 1 bag. “We didn’t want to put out a bag until we felt like we had something to say,” said McCollough. “It was the height of the It bag moment and at that time, all of the It bags were covered in buckles and hardware and logos, and we wanted to do the antithesis of that in a way, something more stripped down, incognito, easy-wearing. Something that could stand the test of time.”
The pair discussed the reasons behind their meteoric rise, one being that Barneys purchased every look from the collection they made in 2002 during their senior year at Parsons. “It was very much a mixture of timing and talent,” said McCollough. “It was a time when all of the different generations in fashion were shifting. The Calvin Kleins and the Donna Karans, they were the designers of these mega-established brands, and it opened up a gap where people were ready for some new blood in the game.” Foley recalled going up to their apartment to see that first collection before placing it on the cover of WWD. She offered an anecdote about getting off on the wrong floor and finding two men in bed.
The conversation also explored the concept of successful creative partnerships, and how these designers are able to combine their ideas and inspirations season after season. “No one ever works in a vacuum, and we’re no different,” said Hernandez. “When one of us wants black and the other wants white, we do gray.” They also spoke of the benefits of technology, both in terms of intricate patternmaking, and how the “randomness of the Internet” has served as a theme for their runway collections. “Twitter, Facebook, blogs—together all of these images create the feeling of contemporary culture,” said Hernandez. When asked if he ever tweets on behalf of the brand, he laughed. “I think you have to be in your twenties to do that.”