Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the designers behind Proenza Schouler, clean up nice for the Costume Institute gala.
Despite the duo's European-sounding name (the brand name originates from the designers' mothers' maiden names), Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have always been American boys. Yesterday, however, Hernandez announced that Proenza Schouler will be showing their Pre-Spring 2010 collection in Florence—at a sixteenth-century Medici villa, no less. The reason? The two were chosen as a special guest of the Pitti W precollection event, which runs June 16-19.
Now, the announcement was note-worthy for two reasons: Firstly, Hernandez made headlines by appearing without this partner ... who's still recovering from surgery, a broken nose, and a police investigation thanks to Kiefer Sutherland's well-placed head-butt at a party following the Costume Institute Gala last week. Talk about reasons to flee the country! Which brings us to the second concern: This will be the duo's first big showing in Europe, and no one in the States wants these two to become a regular fixture abroad. Remember when Marc Jacobs decided to stop showing in New York and fled to Paris for a while? Yeah. Yeesh.