Proenza Schouler A/W 2016

Proenza Schouler A/W 2016

The boys explored notions of control and release using the work of artists Richard Serra, Frank Stella and Robert Ryman as touchstones

Mood board: As an exploration of the notions of control and release, Proenza Schouler’s latest collection looked to American art from the 1960s and 1970s for inspiration. Soft, knitted pieces expressed ideas of reconstruction by means of oversized laces, different iterations of tying and wrapping to give shape and form.

Scene setting: Using work by artists such as Richard Serra, Frank Stella, Robert Ryman and Robert Smithson as touchstones, it was only apt that the label commandeered the 5th floor gallery space of the Renzo Piano-designed Whitney Museum. Square, silver foil poufs, used as seating, were scattered in coil-like formations in the expansive space, much like a work of art themselves.

Best in show: Designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough’s ability to create new forms out of familiar fabrics made for a truly memorable collection. Whether it was exploiting negative space in the form of subtle cut-outs in knitted garments, which revealed hints of an arm, a shoulder or the waist, and then were laced back together with thick black canvas, or the final series of embroidered dresses that seems to be constructed from curling strips of ribbon, many of the looks took our breathe away. What’s more, a limited selection of the new pieces will be available exclusively at the label’s downtown store from 18-21 of February.

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