Proenza Schouler is doubtlessly a global brand—designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have presented in Paris a number of seasons, and the label is sold and worn by women across the world. But they are New Yorkers at heart, and their recent collection is testament to that. Artist-photographer Daniel Shea created a physical book of the spring ’21 offering as a document of this moment in time and a love letter to NYC. Titled Proenza Schouler New York 2020, the tome was created with four alternate covers in different colours and will be available exclusively online at proenzaschouler.com, where the collection is also available to preorder for the first time.
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The designers began with a simple yet impactful question going into the season: “How can fashion respond to all that is happening in the world and serve to perhaps alleviate, in its own small way, the absence of touch, of feel, of the nuance and delicacy of the material world so essential to human life?” The answer is effortless clothing that doesn’t fall into a trap of “comfort wear.” There are two-piece knitted suits, easy dresses in bold colours, and soft tailoring throughout. Many looks are paired with quilted slipper shoes—a nod not so much to working from home as bringing some of the comfort of WFH out into the real world. The message is one of optimism: that we may take stylistic cues from the past seven months back out into the real world, instead of continuing the same lockdown sequences. Send that message out in a new PS Harris bag to whoever can help make that happen.
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This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.