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)
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.