The Proenza Schouler boyz sure can pick ‘em — the location for their fashion show, held Wednesday night at a dilapidated, abandoned building near Wall Street, seemed right out of a movie. A horror movie, or slasher pic — let’s just be clear. The crumbling walls, dim interior and rusted, wrought-iron rails gave an edgy, urban and dangerous feel to the proceedings from the start. And we hadn’t even seen the python and racy leather jackets yet.
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez started off with what seemed a patchworking frenzy — a chartreuse and green snake-skin vest led to a series of sleeveless dresses, followed by jackets and skirts of molten red perforated leather. The designers slashed and slit some of those pieces, crocheting them back together.
That patchwork effect came up again with a series of photoprint dresses. The images — of a crowd, or of people in a pool — took on a slightly eerie effect, as they were cut apart into swatches, then sewn together. (Or again, maybe it’s just the walls or the air in this place, which oozes a delightfully spooky ambience. Is the models' hair windblown and disheveled because they’ve been running for their lives??!!)
By the end of the runway show, the design duo had taken to adorning those sexy photo dresses on the bodice with bright yellow or pink dots (like that penny candy of old, or modern-day pixels), and clusters of grommets at the hem. Clever, original, luxurious, dazzling — it’s no wonder this show is, season after season, consistently one of the hottest tickets of the week.