147 posts tagged "Proenza Schouler"
Footwear designer Sarah Flint may very well be the only 25-year old who can offer this sort of reveal: “at our factory in Vigevano, Italy, they produce Manolo Blahnik, Oscar de la Renta, and Sarah Flint…” Then, she takes a deep breath.
Flint–who launched her eponymous line for Fall ’13 following an education at FIT, an internship at Proenza Schouler, and a technical program at Milan’s Ars Sutoria–is no doubt in good (albeit understandably daunting) company. She wrangled the factory connection through an ex-teacher who once worked as a patternmaker for Blahnik. The old masters certainly rub off on the youngster, too; her shoes are decidedly grown-up and, for the most part, gimmick-free, informed by “the idea of returning to where a design’s basis is the integrity and shape of its materials, rather than the big buckle or the all-over studs.” That focus on form and material is most evident in her charming origami-inspired styles, which feature leather fold-overs along the tips of slippers and peep-toes alike.
Flint also has another big name in her orbit: Heidi Klum. After the designer gifted Klum a pair of booties, the model came back and ordered two more–one in a color not yet in production. “Of course, we made them,” says Flint.
Starting at $545, Sarah Flint is available online at www.sarahflint.com, and at Edon Manor in New York City.
Camouflage is oft associated with burly hunters or members of the armed forces, but after seeing the Fall ’13 collections, it’s become clear that the print is ripe for any occasion. Christopher Kane made our mouths water with his range of luxe camo wares, and thanks to designers like Michael Kors and Tabitha Simmons, the look has spiraled into a full-blown obsession. Don’t blend into the crowd—stand out with our picks from Proenza Schouler, Prism, and more, below.
1. Michael Kors camouflage jacquard and stretch crepe dress, $1,425, available at net-a-porter.com
2. Prism Capri sunglasses, $381, available at matchesfashion.com
3. Christopher Kane wool camo biker jacket, $5,441, available at matchesfashion.com
4. Tabitha Simmons Early camouflage-print suede ankle boots, $1,195, available at net-a-porter.com
5. Proenza Schouler PS11 classic satchel, $2,254, available at farfetch.com
While fur—in every color and form—is a major trend for Fall ’13, it’s safe to say that the look is not for everyone. You won’t see too many twentysomething New Yorkers walking down the street in a floor-length mink. A pony hair backpack from Jérôme Dreyfuss, however, feels youthful and on point. Pony hair (which is, in fact, haircalf) is a rich alternative to fall’s traditional leather pieces, and unlike full-on fur, the shiny texture only hints at opulence. We suggest sticking to neutral hues and simple silhouettes, like slim skirts and structured bags, to let the texture really shine. Shop our favorite pony hair pieces from Victoria Beckham, Proenza Schouler, and more, below.
1. Victoria Beckham calf hair paneled felt pencil skirt, $1,695, available at net-a-porter.com
2. Marni calf hair top, $3,110, available at net-a-porter.com
3. Gianvito Rossi pony hair pointed-toe pumps, $744, available at matchesfashion.com
4. Neil Barrett calf hair and felt baseball cap, $415, available at net-a-porter.com
5. Proenza Schouler gray calf hair and leather tiny PS11 shoulder bag, $1,885, available at ssense.com
Jack McCollough And Lazaro Hernandez Talk Proenza Schouler’s New Store, Polished Vandalism, And Their Sunlit Accessories Garden
Following their blockbuster Spring ’14 outing, there’s no doubt that Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are New York’s designer darlings. The pair has mastered a sophisticated cool girl aesthetic that appeals to the uptown and downtown sets alike. So it makes sense that on Friday, Proenza Schouler opened a flagship at 121 Greene Street to complement its Madison Avenue location. Like the uptown boutique, which became the brand’s first retail endeavor when it bowed last year, the 2,500-square-foot Soho shop was designed by David Adjaye.
With an affinity for contrast, McCollough and Hernandez gave their Madison store a gritty, downtown sensibility. And naturally, they’ve infused the Soho space—which boasts concrete accents, mirrored panels, and hardwood floors—with some UES panache. “One of the key elements references vandalized urban walls, but they are executed in veined marbles that speak to something urbane but in a polished way,” the designers told Style.com. Set inside an historic cast iron front building (just feet away from Saint Laurent, Chloé, and Warby Parker’s recently christened outposts), the Greene Street location will house every single product that Proenza produces—from runway looks to small leather goods. The latter will be showcased in the designers’ favorite room: the accessories garden. “The original architecture of the space made it possible for us to do serious planting in the back of the store, which brought life and color to the space. It’s important for us to always have a bit of the outdoors, a bit of a natural element, to everything we do.” Here, Lazaro and Hernandez talk to Style.com about the new boutique, Soho’s thriving retailscape, their plans for further brand expansion, and why, more often than not, it takes two.
Why did now feel like the right time to open your second store?
We have always known that we wanted a presence both uptown and downtown. The question was, which one would come first? When we found a location that spoke to us uptown first, we decided to pursue it. Soho seemed like a natural fit for us. It has become a real center for luxury brands over the last couple of years and we knew we wanted to be a part of that landscape. The brand experience felt incomplete with just one location uptown, and this new epicenter downtown completes our vision. One is complete because of the other. Sometimes things really are better in pairs.
Do you have any other plans for brand expansion in the works?
Retail expansion is definitely on the forefront of what we are working on at the moment. We have a language now that we are keen to explore and adapt to individual locations. Retail not only supports our business, but it is an incredibly fulfilling creative project that we are so happy to be able to work on, and there are definitely more [projects] on the horizon. Bergdorf Goodman just unveiled its new Proenza Schouler shop-in-shop this week using the DNA from the Greene Street location. The opening of these two spaces within one week’s time has been an incredibly fulfilling experience that we feel so lucky to have been able to do. We are currently opening stores in Singapore, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.