There's a feeling one gets when you're watching a Proenza Schouler show, whether through a screen or in real life, that makes you want to reach out, stop the models, and get a good handle for what you're looking at. The clothes might look stunning from afar, but they'll take your breath away up close. This time, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez really stretched the limits of what fabrics could be, and it took all the will in us not to grab at the clothes as they passed us by.
This time around, you won't find the boisterous print-mixing, colors, and layering of years past, but instead, you get new fabric weaves, advances in material technologies, and small details you really need to get up close and personal to appreciate. At first glance, that knit may look like a metallic-painted yarn, but upon closer inspection, it's actually rows of delicate chains. That pebbled sweater with subtle flocking? It's actually layers of leather flecked with laser cutouts. Lace seemed to be made with sea sponge and brain coral; stiff shell coats were actually made of soft, felted wools; and tweeds looked like the macro-version of fibers you'd see through a microscope. This visual juxtaposition is part of Proenza Schouler's genius and is really a more nuanced, sophisticated way of propelling fashion forward than just debuting a new skirt length (though, they do plenty of that as well).