Consider the fall/winter 2014 collections a lesson in geometry. At Proenza Schouler, the duo Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough took color-blocking to an extreme, slicing shapes and piecing together a mash-up of speckled prints, cobalt blue and leather panels. The main focus of the J. Mendel collection was Gille Mendel’s reinterpretation of plaid. “I really extracted the plaid motif, and distorted it, creating asymmetrical designs and using bold colors,” he tells InStyle.com. The result? A line-up of incredibly rich, graphic looks. And at Carolina Herrera, it was clear the designer has a fascination for geometry, continuing the angular geo-lines from spring 2014 into fall, with a selection of “geometric-focused hand-painted prints.”
You know it’s a good Fashion Week when the A-list celebrities start returning to the front rows. Most of them had been scared off from the New York collections long ago by the swarms of paparazzi. Well, them and the advent of blogger-celebrities who started getting more flashbulbs than actual famous people.
During Paris Fashion Week next month, Le Bon Marché will unveil an exhibition on its first floor devoted to New York-based brand Proenza Schouler. Launched 11 years ago by Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, the brand became an instant hit with the fashion crowd and celebrities alike. The Paris exhibit will include a display of 80 of the duo’s favorite looks from their past collections, as well as a short documentary on the designers. The space, which rings in at 2,500 square feet, incorporates large, concrete-like blocks and benches with other industrial touches that nod to their Manhattan roots. The homage to all things Proenza Schouler won’t be confined to the store’s interiors—the showcase also extends to 10 windows facing the Rue de Sèvres that incorporates peek-a-boo glass, making the encased looks disappear and reappear every few seconds.
If seeing their covetable designs on display wasn’t enough, Proenza Schouler has put together a capsule collection to accompany the exhibit, which we are dying to get our hands on! Consisting of T-shirts, scarves, and sweaters, as well as a range of leather goods, including the brand’s hit PS1 satchels and PS1 shoulder bags in exclusive colors and prints, the sure-to-be hit line will retail for $170 to $1,915. Look for the exhibit to makes it debut February 22 at Le Bon Marché in Paris, where it will run until March 22.
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Winter white has become a buzz-word. And yet, some are still a bit hesitant to give the look a try. We urge you to go white-out style with a head-to-toe monochromatic look. If you need a push in the white direction, fall runways served as proving ground that snow-hued ensembles make a lasting impression.
Elie Saab, always one to turn out delicate yet attention-demanding looks, closed out his monochromatic lineup with all-white looks (some complete with capes!) for Fall 2013, while Lazaro Hernandez and Jack MCollough of Proenza Schouler kept some looks in their grayscale collection all-white. If you’re really craving some color, take a cue from Peter Copping’s Nina Ricci Fall 2013 collection and add pops of red via a crimson pout and pumps.
The key to nailing the look is in the fabric. You need a hearty, cozy material. Look for whites with yellow undertones, they’ll convey that desired softness. Ready to give winter white a go? We gathered all the goods – from a lace covered tank and a jacquard bomber jacket to alabaster-hued accessories.
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There was no mistaking a banner year for fashion at the 2014 Golden Globes, not when it turned out to be this hard just to narrow down a Top 10 from all of the fabulous rule breakers who stormed the red carpet. Sure, some divisive looks appeared now and again, but there was little doubt after Sunday night that taking chances paid huge dividends in more cases than not. Wasn’t it exciting to see so much variety of color and shape, not to mention one very fabulous cape? Here, without further ado, are my choices for best dressed of 2014:
Shop Winter White Must-Haves Inspired by the All-White Look Jennifer Lawrence Donned On Our December CoverNov 29, 2013 @ 4:54 pm
Tired of your sequin selection for your holiday fetes? Opt for an all white monochromatic look! To differentiate separates, pair similar tones in textures such as mohair, quilting, and wool. For evening, adding in small elements of black, such as a belt or pump, can give the look a tuxedo-like feel. Add a strong lip such as burgundy or red to draw the eye up.
Ready to try the look? Shop the gallery where you’ll find a cozy mohair bomber jacket, crisp separates, crystal jewels, and more—all in the pearly alabaster hue.
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An iconic jacket is a must-have investment piece, so finding the perfect one calls for some serious decision making. Will you go for a bright cropped style decorated with zippers and leather insets, or an unfinished tweed topper in an autumnal wash? Well, no one said you have to choose just one. We gathered 8 boxy jackets in our November issue to round out your outerwear wardrobe, each complete with a special detail (think: chic raw-edges and chain-link extras). Looking for styling inspiration? Take a cue from Proenza Schouler and wear with like colors and angular cuts or read on for style tips straight from the mag:
This type of cardigan jacket, which has been around since the 1920s, never goes out of style. The latest take is embellished, even edgy. You’ll see fringe, beadwork, chains, and zippers.
A perfect hug at the shoulders makes this straight silhouette hang just right. Figure flaws? Who cares? You’re covered.
A tweed jacket works well with a turtleneck, jeans, and heels. At night, metallic looks cool with sleek black pants and pumps.
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MAC! Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have teamed up with the beauty brand to create a line of color cosmetics inspired by one of their past collections. “Beauty has always played a huge role in what we do on the runway, and MAC has been one of our biggest supporters,” the duo said in a release. “We wanted to create something that the Proenza Schouler woman could relate to off the runway, and the MAC brand is so deeply-rooted in fashion that we knew they would understand our vision.” We can’t wait to see the products, which are sure to be decked out in the label’s trademark prints, and the promotional image at right certainly has our minds running with possibilities. The Proenza-approved ombre face powders, lipsticks and lip liners, eye pencils, and nail lacquers will arrive at MAC locations and maccosmetics.com next April, but stay tuned for more sneak peeks as the launch date approaches!
Plus, see celebrities wearing Proenza Schouler.