Runway Report: Proenza Schouler

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler looked to artists like Sergio Rodrigues, Robert Ryman, and Piero Manzoni for a collection that focused on texture and rigid proportion.

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Spring 2014 on the Proenza Schouler runway at New York Fashion Week
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We often refer to clothes that are "structured" or "architectural," but it's rare that designers actually pull inspiration from the world of interiors. For spring, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler looked to artists like Sergio Rodrigues, Robert Ryman, and Piero Manzoni for a collection that focused on texture and rigid proportion.
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Pleats—which the designers began toying with for their resort '13 season—were an important part of the new collection, with edges tipped in silver and metallic bronze.
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You'd be hard pressed to find a show this season that didn't contain some iteration of the all-white skirt and simple shirt ensemble. We like the elongated lengths of Proenza's take on the look.
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Picking up on their art world inspirations, the designers created a tangled black and white graphic that added a chaotic cool to this sleeveless wrap dress.
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We're eagerly anticipating Cate Blanchett's red carpet spins once it comes time to start accepting awards for her terrific turn in "Blue Jasmine." This plunging white pantsuit, with its cool, cropped trouser, would suit the elegant A-lister to a tee.
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For a slightly less polished effect, McCollough and Hernandez dyed this collarless overcoat with a paint roller, leaving white seams exposed.
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Open any interiors magazine and you'll find at least a few Moroccan rugs. We wouldn't be surprised if the shaggy fabric for this diamond-patterned overcoat was originally scored in a carpet store.
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Clunky woven platforms balanced out the long, leans lines of a black suede tank and scarlet skirt.
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There was something undeniably "Ziggy Stardust" about this striped maxi dress, which was woven with a hint of silver to add shimmer.
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If you make a single crop top purchase for spring 2014, make it Proenza Schouler's lavish silver-embellished version.
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