Proenza Schouler Fall 2014

Before I looked at this show, I checked out my past five Proenza Schouler show reviews. They were interesting to read (I really should do that more often) because the same themes came up over and over again: I don’t understand what this brand is supposed to be about, they are overhyped, and they look like Balenciaga. Maybe if a brand “does” Balenciaga so many times, people will begin to think that “their” Balenciaga is actually their own style (kind of like how Herve Leger’s bandage dress is credited to him even though it was an Alaia copy?) Anyway, I could probably copy and paste from previous reviews to describe this show: lots of Balenciaga – which mostly looked quite nice, and lots of weird tech fabrics that sometimes looked OK and sometimes looked terrible.

I love…

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dramatic tailoring. But again, looks like Balenciaga.

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a super modern shape (which happens to look like a modern version of old Balenciaga…)

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that head to toe print can look classy.

I loathe…

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a dress with an unflattering bra top and a skirt whose peplum looks like you tied a sweater around your waist.

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tacky patchwork.

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when a dress looks like it is made from fabric remnants.

Images from Vogue.com.

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  • @Elaryen

    I think all four of the “top detached from bottom” dresses weren’t all that great. The patchwork looked better on the blue, short sleeved dress, that shape of sleeves works better if it is in one color and/or pattern.

    I found it funny that quite a number of big name collections left me rather unimpressed at NYFW, whilst there were a couple labels that weren’t so well known to me that I quite liked in the entirety.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Agree, New York wasn’t particularly impressive. I didn’t even find enough nice shoes to do a shoe round up. Hopefully the other cities will impress.

  • Lala

    Am I the only one who thinks the fabric in the second photo looks like the cheap carpet underlay they sell at Home Depot?

  • daddyx

    I Interned this season for proenza, and yes, the fabric was inspired by carpet underlay. it’s part of the overall inspiration for the collection. i guess i was so close to the collection that i loved every piece, even the tacky patchwork dresses, because i know how much love and work went into each one. but reading these reviews are really healthy and I enjoy an outsiders perspective on it. thanks!

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I think when you work with something and you know the whole story behind it, you are much more likely to love it. Same goes with a show you actually attend – providing you aren’t freezing or standing in line for two hours, normally the whole experience of the show makes the clothes look better. I know I felt as if I liked everything a lot more last time I attended LFW.

    And I think if the concept of the collection includes carpet underlay, then they should find a similar fabric, not use the underlay itself, right? I mean, that won;t be washable or dry cleanable or anything, right?

  • daddyx

    its definitely not underlay lol. its a really great CRAZY jacquard.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Ok – good! Because that’s not a luxury fabric :-)