Proenza Schouler is back to New York having had a few presentations in Paris where the designer duo went after all the glamour – called couture – in form of embroidery, feathers, lace. They see it as a good experience, but now they’re back where they started saying that, “Past a certain point, it starts to exist outside the world of ready-to-wear. We’ve seen designers fall into that trap of becoming really technically sophisticated, but where you lose connection to women, and we never want to do that.”
Interesting point, as other couturiers state the complete opposite of this, after all, what could be more intimate than personalising clothes – both physically and spiritually – based on the personal wishes of the costumer? On the other hand, it is true in that sense that only the exquisiteness of haute couture may intimidate anyone who lacks adequate money/fame/confidence. A lot of people if you think about it.
So got they back to the more low-key New York and back to something extra simple yet familiarly edgy. “We want the clothes to be fashion, but also to be more real,” said Lazaro Hernandez. “That’s what feels right in the world today. It’s kind of a cliché, but it’s gotta be real.”
Would I say this collection is more real than the previous one? No I don’t think so. More relatable? Perhaps. But I’m pretty sure that everyone likes better at home.
Photos via vogue.com