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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)
If I had to pick one favorite designer right now, it would be Proenza Schouler. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have created pieces that are beautiful and inspiring, pushing aesthetics beyond boundaries — it’s no wonder they’re nominated for both the Womenswear Designer of the Year and Accessory Designer of this year’s CFDA awards.
While I’m obsessed with everything they do, I’m particularly in love with their S/S 2011 jewelry. The colorful rope, binding and gems make it completely drool-worthy and the perfect accent for a summer outfit. Over a bright outfit, they add another element of color, and with neutral styles they provide a powerful pop of interest!
(JAK & JIL)
Alas, despite my love affair with Proenza Schouler, this working girl can’t afford such fabulous designer duds. But budget is no limit for style, and I’ve found some high and low alternatives to bring a little bit of Proenza into your closet!
Hold the horses — Prabal Gurung’s collection for J. Crew launched in stores and online today!
The pieces range from $198 to $495 and includes a voluminous bow-topped dress and tank, a bow-collared denim blazer, a rosette-covered tank and silk-striped tuxedo trousers.
A quote from Fashionologie:
“I played with volume and scale and focused on a few special pieces with a story to tell — it’s very modern, chic, and put-together, but there’s also a lived-in quality,” Gurung said of the collection. “There’s a subtext and sub-layers to the designs we chose for J.Crew,” he noted, adding: “I worked closely with the J.Crew team to determine the looks that would translate well with both of our audiences. They did a stellar job producing each piece and I could not be happier with how everything turned out.”
To say that I’m obsessed with Matthew Williamson’s S/S 11 parachute silk maxi dresses is an understatement of divine proportions. It’s like saying a Chanel bag is timeless — sure, it’s a true statement, but it doesn’t even begin to capture how deeply true it is. The romantic billowing of the fabric, the bright spring colors and the floor length are a lethal combination (see 10:40 in the video).
This got me thinking about the prevalence of bright- and neon-colored maxis this spring. Even at the Met Gala — a formal evening event — popping shades were a popular option.
But alas, not all of us have $1,695 to spend on a Matthew Williamson dress, or an event like the Met Gala to attend. Bright maxis are a great and wearable summer option, with a little interpretation!
Look for simple silhouettes in light fabrics like jersey and silk, which also add to the flow-factor of your dress. A feminine ruffle or trendy pleat add interest to a monochromatic piece of clothing. Style with neutral wedges, flatforms or sandals and add some wooden jewelry (bangles, tribal necklaces) for the ultimate laid-back, sun-kissed style!
This year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala paid homage to a designer that has made a permanent mark on the fashion world: Alexander McQueen. Known for his flair for the dramatic and fantastical, McQueen continues to be a staple of red carpets and inspiration boards everywhere.
The Met’s exhibit, “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” features some of the designers most iconic works. “All of McQueen’s collections were fashioned around elaborate narratives, and the exhibition is intended to evoke a gothic fairy tale, a fairy tale that is pushed forward by McQueen’s imagination,” said Andrew Bolton, the exhibit’s curator.
“I oscillate between life and death, happiness and sadness, good and evil,” McQueen once said.
I don’t believe there’s anyone in fashion who isn’t familiar with McQueen’s work. From the skull scarves, to the tartan dresses, to the dancing Kate Moss hologram, to the armadillo shoes, McQueen’s aesthetic is pointed and unique.
See images from the exhibit — which you must see if you’re in New York — below.
If you’re anywhere near the Bay Area between now and the Fourth of July, I highly recommend you check out SF’s beautiful De Young Museum to catch their exhibit “Balenciaga and Spain.”
I stopped by last weekend on Friday Night to check it out and it’s a beautiful collection.
Curated by Hamish Bowles, the exhibit explores how Spanish culture influenced Cristobal Balenciaga’s designs, focusing on six key areas: Spanish art, dance, bullfighting, religious life, regional dress and the Spanish court.
Be prepared to be wowed by Balenciaga’s architectural cuts, flamenco inspired ruffles and hems, bolero jackets and intricate embroidery. I particularly loved the pieces shown in silk linen and gazar.
Photos aren’t allowed, but they wouldn’t do the exhibit justice anyway. You’ll have to see this one in person!
Got my copy of YSL’s Manifesto today at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Aside from being a collector’s item, it’s a beautiful publication. Arizona Muse looks stunning, and I’m finally beginning to understand why she’s the model of the moment.
Here’s a first look at her images in the Manifesto:
Part two in the three-part video from J. Crew giving us a glimpse into their manufacturing process. The first video, “About a Shoe,” showed us how J. Crew shoes are made in Italy. This one lets us see how shirts are made — from individual threads. If you love shirts, J. Crew or Jenna Lyons, check it out.
I have to admit that I haven’t fully explored the Fall 2011 collections that have been hitting the runways. Aside from the fact that I’m going head-first into midterm season (making my Vogue-reading and Style.com-perusing time rather minimal), the honest truth is that I’m so obsessed with the fun and colorful upcoming spring that I don’t really feel like thinking about fall yet. Forget the somber greys and heavy fabrics — I just want to wear a coral sundress already!
But when I got a peek at the Jason Wu prep photos from JAK & JIL I couldn’t stop myself from perusing the collection. Call it the Mad Men effect but I have been obsessed with all things prim and proper lately, and Jason Wu’s lace, high necklines and thin bow ties have me drooling. The printed blouses! The crisp, black-and-white blazer! The black 3/4-sleeve, A-line dress! The plumes! And oh my goodness, gracious — that gold embroidered gown.
His collection wasn’t particularly innovative, but it was so well executed and cohesive. Feminine yet strong, the looks had a romantic flair but sportswear sensibility at the same time.
Sometimes I feel like I’ve been out of the fashion loop and get overwhelmed thinking about catching up on what the trends are or the latest street style of editor X at magazine Y at fashion week Z. But the truth is, whenever I dive back into it, fashion never lets me down. Because at the bare minimum, it’s really nice to look at. And in actuality, it’s so much more. It’s about the empowerment of a strong shoulder, the femininity of a flowing dress or the confidence of a crisp white shirt. It’s why I keep Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire on tap for dreary days — because beautiful clothes light up my day and inspire me. Because thinking about the way a great outfit can make you feel is enough to make me want to dream up and share those outfits.
And because everyone needs a study break, once in awhile.