NYFW SS20: Proenza Schouler

IT’S not surprising that working mothers are the biggest influence on the Proenza Schouler NYFW SS20 collection. In fact, its in the brand’s DNA, with the fashion house’s name itself a combination of maiden names of Jack McCollough’s and Lazaro Hernandez’s own mothers. 

For the show, McCollough and Hernandez drew inspiration from the own women working in their offices, both in a literal sense from the things they wore, and in a more abstract way through the way in which they balance their lives. Symmetry and coordination take centre-stage of the collection, as manifested in it’s eclectic range of power-suits. If to Versace a dress is a woman’s weapon, then to Proenza Schouler a power-suit is armour – as something which awakens their inner strength.

Playfully experimental with shape, the collection showcases a range of silhouettes, while maintaining a classic cinched waist. A celebration of the diversity of womenswear, the collection is bold in its refusal to commit to one certain look or style for women, instead showcasing the vast possibilities fashion can bring. The colour palette showcases this well – ranging from bold oranges and yellows, to more muted use of beige, white, and black. Even blending elements of work-wear into floor-length gowns, the collection demonstrates McCoullough and Hernandez’s ability to remake traditional conceptions of design.

by Emma Hart