Proenza Schouler Offers Exaggerated Silhouettes, Inventive Fabrics, Asian Influences for Fall

The show, held at a warehouse space in Chelsea, was refreshing and inventive.

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A runway look from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection.
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By Wednesday night, the fashion set has seen dozens upon dozens of shows, so it takes a lot to jolt them back to their senses, but Proenza Schouler did just that with a fresh, forward-thinking collection for fall.
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The collection opened with a series of all-white looks rendered in exaggerated silhouettes, featuring layers of sharply-cut pieces paired with tough black boots.
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The look is a strong departure from the brand's '50s-inspired, feminine spring collection. This season felt more conceptual and edgy.
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The collection soon progressed into looks that reflected the brand's sporty side, featuring short dresses with high tech-looking fabrics in vivid orange hues.
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A similar look rendered in an icy-sea green. The skirts here seem to reference the label's Spring 2011 collection, which featured a similar asymmetrical, layered hem.
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The fabrics throughout the collection were extremely impressive -- all entirely original and developed by the brand itself.
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The designers told The New York Times that they were playing with the idea of "protection" in the collection, which is visible in the armor-like basket weave fabric that appears in some areas of the collection, like this skirt.
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The collection overall seemed to have some roots in Japanese culture -- from the basket-weave elements that looked like samurai armor to the beautiful brocade elements like this silk bird print.
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A black and gold brocade dress that looks like a deconstructed hybrid of a kimono and a Mandarin collar dress.
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As in previous Proenza Schouler collections, the accessories are stand-outs -- from tough-girl black booties to fawn-printed fur bags.
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A runway look from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection.
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A runway look from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection.
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A runway look from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection.
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A runway look from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection.
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A runway look from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection.
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A runway look from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection.
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A runway look from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection.
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A runway look from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection.
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A runway look from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection.
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A runway look from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection.
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A runway look from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection.
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A runway look from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection.
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A runway look from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection.
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A runway look from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection.
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