CFDA Women’s Designer of the Year: Proenza Schouler

by Tiffanie

I am so excited that Proenza Schouler won the Women’s Designer of the Year CFDA Award this year. Aside from the fact that the brand is a personal favorite, I truly believe Jack and Lazaro deserved it!

Here are some snippets from an interview with them on the CFDA website:

What were you doing when you heard about your award?
“We were actually on a plane heading back home when they were announced. As soon as we landed, our phones starting going off with everyone calling to congratulate us. It was definitely a nice way to come home.

What career did you want when you were 16? If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?

“When we were 16 one of us wanted to be a glass blower, the other, a doctor. We were on totally different paths and somehow managed to find each other in the middle. Things have a funny way of working out.”

Who is your fashion idol? Whose work do you admire?
“We’ve always admired the mid-century couturiers. The Christian Diors and Schiaparelli’s of the world. Something about that level of craft and execution is so romantic to us. In our own way, they are a constant reference in the work we do.”

Who is your biggest fan?
“Our moms, after who the company is named, still think we can do no wrong, even though we like to remind them that we often are, indeed, wrong.”

Finally, in celebration of their achievement, here are some of my favorite Proenza Schouler looks:

(Images: Vogue, JAK & JIL, Stylist’s Muse)